Sandhills PRIDE, a Sandhills-based lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) support network and educational advocacy group, has brought on its first full-time Executive Director: Michael Bleggi.

Michael brings experience from both non-profit and for-profit sectors. Michael worked at Duke University’s Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, where he led community events and a mentorship program for first-year LGBTQ students.

After graduating, Michael worked in media analytics for fortune 500 companies and non-profits and helped manage and lead restoration and repurpose projects, developments and commercial properties in the Moore County area. He began working with Sandhills PRIDE in February 2019 as a board member.

“We at Sandhills PRIDE are delighted to have Michael Bleggi as our Executive Director,” notes Charles Oldham, current Board Chair for Sandhills PRIDE. “Not only does he bring a wealth of experience, but he knows our community well, and will be a wonderful asset to our organization.”

Michael graduated from Pinecrest High School as its 2013 valedictorian and graduated with distinction from Duke University, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics and Statistical Science.

The mission of Sandhills PRIDE is to unite, celebrate, and serve LGBTQ people, their allies, and sister organizations by providing social engagement, service, education, and leadership in the Sandhills region of North Carolina. Sandhills PRIDE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Pinehurst. Sandhills PRIDE relies on donations to fund scholarships and activities. To donate to Sandhills PRIDE, visit

For more information, send an email to [email protected].


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