Rev. Dr. Cindi Love
Dr. Cindi Love brings a wide range of leadership, management and organizational experience to her role as Soulforce’s Executive Director. From January 2005 until April 2009, she served as the Executive Director of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC). Prior to MCC, she served as an Executive Dean in the third largest community college system in the United States, as a Senior Executive of The Toro Company (NYSE:TTC) and CEO and Founder of several award winning corporations, including one named to the INC 500 in 1990. In 1990, Dr. Love was named one of the “Top 50 Entrepreneurs” in North America by Inc. Magazine, the Young Entrepreneur’s Organization, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Love is the creator of the Would Jesus Discriminate? campaign and author of a book by the same name.
Haven Herrin has been with Soulforce since 2005. Haven uses “they” and “them” for their gender pronouns. Haven started as an Equality Ride Co-Director and, enjoying the process of organizational development, moved into fundraising, analysis, and relationship-building as the Deputy Director. Since helming the bus at a young 23, the desire to provide resources, training and exploration of “how we do what we do” to other activists has compelled Haven in their work with Soulforce. Haven’s favorite element of the organization is its continuing excavation of the nature of oppression and possibilities for alliances across movements.
Linda Hawj manages and fosters the Soulforce Delegate Program. Linda brings to Soulforce her experience in arts, activism, and organizing where she pairs them as social changing tools. She utilizes writing, poetry, spoken word, hip hop and filmmaking to speak connected truths that are often silenced, marginalized and eliminated by dominant narratives, and oppressive systems. She has had the privilege, and exhilarating experiences in organizing on local/national grassroots campaigns, and mentoring young Hmong American LGBTQ in activism and leadership development. Linda’s excited to be part of Soulforce, because she is committed and believes in Soulforce’s nonviolent approach and next step in Intersectional Justice. Through a Culture of Solidarity, let’s lead justice across multiple forms of oppression, because our liberation is tied and bound up in the liberation of others.
Director of Communications
Richard Lindsay recently graduated with a PhD in Art and Religion from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. He also has a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. In spring and summer of 2006, he was the Communications Director for the first Soulforce Equality Ride, and served as Interim Director of Communications for the Soulforce 1000 Watt March, Vigil, and Concert at Focus on the Family. He has worked in communications with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Pacific School of Religion, and the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry. He began his activist career organizing, preaching, and doing communications work with Janie Spahr and Lisa Larges and That All May Freely Serve, a grassroots organization working for full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Richard currently lives in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Esmé has a Masters Degree from Boston College and studied her PhD (ABD) at the University of Minnesota. He is a self-taught seamstress and designer. Much of Esmé’s academic and creative work exhibits themes of non-binary gender identities, the deconstruction and innovation of femininities and masculinities, and art as social justice. She has taught at the university level for 12 years and is currently touring national colleges with “Esmé’s Gender Show and Tell Program,” which engages in intersectional discussions surrounding the performance of gender identity and gender expression from non-traditional cultural perspectives.By day, and in boi clothes, Esmé is an activist and educator. By night and in feathers, she is a director and performer in a variety of MN and national drag cabaret shows. Highlights of her 13 year drag and design career include regular performances in San Francisco and Amsterdam, working with Peaches Christ for the Minneapolis Premiere of “All About Evil” in 2010, as well as being chosen to work as an invited artist at The Walker Art Center in 2008 in conjunction with the world-touring FRIDA exhibit. Esmé is also a painter, a lover of NFL Football, and a motorcycle-riding sushi aficionado.