Our Mission

The mission of Austin International Drag Foundation Inc. is to educate, support and promote the drag artist community. We do this by providing resources and opportunities for individuals seeking to further their careers through showcases, festivals, and various other mediums. As a result of this mission, the general public is further educated about the drag community.


Board Of Directors

Jamie Steward Bancroft – Founder/President/CEO

Lilith Vander Griend – Director (Vendor Coordination/Event Safety/SAFE SPACE)

Jack Rabid – Director (Community Drag King Liaison)

Alexandria Van Cartier – Director (Community Drag Liaison)

Cheeki Khant – Director (Community Drag Liaison)

Mary Jane Styles – Director (Community Drag Liaison/Marketing/Public Relations)

Max Sage (Ms. Anne Thrope) – Director (Community Drag Liaison)

Samantha Stevens – Director (Social Media Director, Logistics)

David Richardson  РDirector (Community Drag Liaison, Story Time Director)

We also would like to introduce you to our Council Members, Executive Committee and VIP’s.

Gabryella Desporte – Community Outreach Coordinator

Dr. Joel Filmore,EdD, LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Dr. Filmore is the founder/Co-Owner, and Director of Clinical Services for Lighthouse. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) within the State of Illinois, as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) within the State of Wisconsin and has a certificate in Trauma-Informed Counseling. He is a nationally known professional counselor, educator, researcher, author, trainer, and public speaker. He is also the Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Mental Health Counseling Program at Springfield College-Milwaukee.

Dr. Filmore is working with Austin International Drag Foundation Inc. on ensuring that all events produced (including Austin International Drag Festival) continue to be a safe space for all, placing special emphasis on sexual misconduct training and anti-harassment training for all involved with the events and the nonprofit foundation.

Dr. Lady J (Drag Historian)

Jennifer Chavez (Volunteer Coordinator)

Veranda L’Ni (Drag Pride flag creator)

Projects Under the AIDF umbrella:

Drag.Army (International Volunteer System) – Founder, Jamie Steward Bancroft

DragStar.Management (Non-Profit Artist Management/Booking Agency) – Founder, Jamie Steward Bancroft

Drag.Events (Global Drag Events Database)

Udrag.org (Global Drag Artist and Venue Database)