Jesse Matheson (he/him)


Jesse joined the Board in 2017 following ten years of volunteer work across Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’ Youth, Membership, Event Creative and Marketing working groups. He is currently serving his third term on the Board and also sits on the Sydney WorldPride Board.

During his time with SGLMG, Jesse has developed brand building and promotional initiatives, increase membership and community stakeholder engagement and participated in community-related advocacy. During his first year as a director, he authored the Board’s submission to the Senate inquiry into Marriage Equality legislation and led the successful reshaping of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras membership scheme as Chair of the Membership Committee.

Jesse has a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy, a degree in Communications and has received training at the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jesse’s professional career spans across media and communications, not-for-profit organisations and government relations utilising strategic partnerships, leading teams and working on complex issues. He has been published in a range of community, national and international publications such as BuzzFeed, DNA Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Associated Press.

Jesse Matheson (he/him)


Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we celebrate and work.

We pay our respects to Elders past and present and recognise the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities.

Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.

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Acknowledgement of country

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras acknowledges that our events take place on Aboriginal land. We acknowledge the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidigal, Darug and Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.