May 14, 2010 at 9:43 am EDT | by Joshua Lynsen
Capital Pride director to step down

The executive director of Capital Pride is planning to step down from her role following this year’s celebration.

Dyana Mason will leave Capital Pride Alliance at the end of July, when her contract expires, to pursue an advanced degree at the University of Southern California. Capital Pride Alliance announced Mason’s plans Friday.

Mason, who’s originally from California, is planning to pursue a doctorate in policy management.

Michael Lutz, president of the Capital Pride board of directors, said that while Mason “will be missed greatly, we also support and applaud her aspirations, and wish her the very best.”

“We were very fortunate to have Dyana with us as Capital Pride transitioned to its own self-perpetuating entity,” he said. “Her role as a servant-leader helped us to reach many of our growth goals earlier than expected.”

Capital Pride Alliance will post a formal job announcement to its web site,, May 22. A selection process will take place over the summer, and Capital Pride Alliance aims to announce Mason’s successor this fall.

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