Women at the Helm

photo by C. Duray
Executive Director, San Francisco LGBT Community Center

Rebecca Rolfe, executive director of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, credits her longtime activism to her mother: “She taught me the importance of commitment to community, a strong sense of justice, and the individual's power to make a difference.” Prior to her tenure at the SF LGBT Community Center, Rolfe worked for over 16 years at San Francisco Women Against Rape, starting out as a hotline counselor and eventually serving as executive director for eight years.The SF LGBT Community Center, which Rolfe describes as “the center of the queer universe,” offers a range of cultural, health and family programs as well as a LGBT economic development program that includes job fairs and career counseling. “Our vision is a LGBT community united by common values and respecting each member’s unique individual experiences,” Rolfe says. “By strategically connecting individuals and institutions we empower those most impacted by discrimination.”