Kara Kundert: Executive Director
Kara Kundert first got started with Bluegrass Pride when, as the youngest person in the room, she was selected to run social media for the project at the very first planning meeting in January 2017. She went on to lead the social media campaign that won Bluegrass Pride the Best Overall Contingent Award at SF Pride that year, marking the first time that a first-time entrant to the parade won the top prize. This historic win inspired her to dream big for Bluegrass Pride, going on to secure an IBMA sponsorship for the project in 2018, to establish the first ever LGBT Musicians' Showcase at IBMA's annual World of Bluegrass festival and industry conference, to produce a single and music video for the Bluegrass Pride anthem "Live and Let Live" in 2019, to create our educational video series "The Root", and to establish Bluegrass Pride as a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. She was nominated for an IBMA Momentum Award for Industry Involvement in 2019, 2020, finally taking home the prize 2021, in recognition of her work with Bluegrass Pride, the California Bluegrass Association, and her writing in the roots music journal No Depression, where she has a column exploring the regional roots of the American musical sound.