Sam Cloud is the President of Tucson Pride. Sam, a Native Tucsonan, is a social worker with a passion for her hometown community.
Serving as a social worker in the community for nearly 20 years primarily in the nonprofit sector, Sam began her career as a Sexual Assault Response Advocate with SACASA, providing crisis intervention to recent survivors. Sam continued her passion for crisis intervention by later supporting survivors of domestic violence with the local organization Emerge, and has extensive experience providing mental health services through many behavioral health agencies as well as serving our military in the mental health clinic on DMAFB.
A community organizer at heart, Sam has played an active role in a variety of community activist events such as Take Back the Night and Dine Out For Safety. Sam lives by the words “Well behaved women rarely make history”. In 2007, she was honored with the Vagina Warrior Award for her passion, efforts and dedication to ending violence against women.
She loves spending time with her five children, ranging in age from 9 to 19 years old, who she refers to as her future army of social workers and activists. They often attend community protest events together, and when they aren’t trying to change the world, Sam and her family enjoy traveling and spending time in nature, where they feel the most connected to their Native roots.
Sonia Valencia Economou
Women's empowerment and anti-racism
An 8th generation Arizonan and a 6th generation Tucsonan, Sonia Valencia Economou will be speaking on women's empowerment and anti-racism.
She is President of the Board of Directors at the YWCA of Southern Arizona and is committed to serving her Tucson community as a change-maker and advocate for eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
Sonia has been employed in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in Tucson, including 20 years at the U of A and as an entrepreneur. She currently leads a cancer research development team at HTG Molecular Diagnostics. She received her Bachelor’s degree from U of A, her Master’s degree from NAU, and a graduate certificate from ASU. Sonia has been married to Mark Economou for over 22 years and they have a 17 year-old son, Victor, and a daughter, Ariana, who passed away from cancer 5 years ago at age 14.
Music & Dance
Brie Darling was the vocalist, drummer, and percussionist for Fanny, the first all-female band to release an album on a major label, and is now with Fanny Walked the Earth. She has recorded and toured nationally and internationally, and performed on videos with Carole King, Jimmy Buffet, Robert Palmer, Roger Daltry, Ringo Starr, ELO, Keith Moon, and Sam Moore, among many others. In addition, she has acted in numerous films, TV shows, and theater productions. A resident of Los Angeles, Brie is performing Fanny Walked the Earth's new feminist anthem, When We Need Her.
Tucson's premier gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and ally chorus, Desert Voices brings beautiful music to Arizona, forging a positive and resolute LGBTQA presence in the community. Learn about the singers.
Dr. Judith Riley
Sexual violence and violence against women
Tohono O'odham poet
Heather "Lil' Mama" Hardy is a fiddler and singer-songwriter who was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 2000. She has been featured on over 200 albums, has released five albums of original songs, and tours nationally and internationally.
Sabra Faulk is a bass player, guitarist, and singer-songwriter and has headlined the TKMA Tucson Folk Festival; been nominated for Tammie awards in the bass player, female vocalist, and folk artist categories; and won a Tammie. She has released three CDs and is working on her fourth.
In the march!
Tucson High School Marching Band
We are pleased that the Tucson High School Marching Band with Band Director Dean Moore will be joining us for the march! They are going to surprise us with some fun and feminist marching songs!