San Francisco AIDS Foundation announced Wednesday (September 11) that it has selected Tim Patriarca as the executive director of the health and wellness center the nonprofit’s planning for the Castro neighborhood.
“We are privileged to have someone of Tim’s caliber and expertise to oversee this exciting new chapter in the history of San Francisco AIDS Foundation,” said Neil Giuliano, the AIDS foundation’s CEO, in a statement. “Our new home for health and wellness will play a critical role in achieving our goal of making San Francisco the first U.S. city to end the transmission of HIV, and Tim brings with him a unique background and knowledge to shape the facility so that it best serves the needs of our community and improves health for all gay and bisexual men.”
The AIDS foundation hopes to begin serving clients at the new facility, located at 474 Castro Street, in the spring of 2014.
Patriarca, 45, started work Wednesday. He said he was immediately drawn to the project when he heard about the job because of the potential to have an impact on the community.
“The scope and the possibilities are amazing,” said Patriarca in an interview Wednesday.
SFAF has been working for months to join three of its programs – the Magnet testing center, Stonewall Project drug counseling services, and Stop AIDS Project – under one roof to create the first dedicated home for health and wellness for gay and bisexual men.
The facility will offer a sexual health clinic, substance use and mental health services, and prevention outreach to ensure gay and bi men are linked to care. New services will be added for special populations, including young gay and bi men of color and older adults with HIV/AIDS.
Among his first tasks, Patriarca said he’ll be working with the directors of the three programs on “making sure that when a guy comes in that all these programs are seamless,” and whether they need STD testing, substance abuse counseling, or other services, “it’s there, and it’s easy. One stop shopping.”
Patriarca, whose salary at SFAF is $175,000, previously served as director of Health at Home for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. The agency ensures continuity of care between hospital visits and discharges to home. Before that, he was executive director of Maitri, a local hospice that provides 24-hour care for people living with HIV/AIDS.
With the new center, the AIDS foundation has been trying to shift the focus from death and dying to health and wellness. That struck a cord with Patriarca.
“I’ve been working in HIV/AIDS world for quite a while,” he said, and at Maitri, he was working with people who were dying or “seriously debilitated.” His new post offers “a chance for me to work on a different side of the epidemic.”
The health center site is the former home to Superstar Video and a number of health offices upstairs. SFAF is working to raise an estimated $8 million to $10 million to cover construction, program expansion, and other costs.
Patriarca said he’ll be working with others “on raising the money and getting out in the community and making sure people understand why it’s important.” He said that he hadn’t yet learned how much has been raised so far.
Giuliano had hoped that his agency would be able to start renovation of the facility by late August or early this month, but the project hasn’t yet been presented to the city’s planning commission.
SFAF spokesman Ryan McKeel said in an email Wednesday the agency will soon submit final plans to the planning department for review and have a hearing at the planning commission “in the next week or two.”
Patriarca will co-lead program integration and planning for new services, along with Bob Rybicki, SFAF’s vice president of programs and services, in advance of the facility opening. Patriarca, who lives in the Castro with his husband, James Wang, will oversee day-to-day operations once the center opens.
He said that part of his job is also “to get feedback, to make sure people feel like since this center is for them that they’re being heard.” He can be reached at email@example.com or (415) 487-3095.
New philanthropy director
Patriarca isn’t the AIDS foundation’s only new staffer. The nonprofit announced last week that it’s hired Stacy Youkilis, 37, as director of philanthropy. Youkilis previously served as director of individual giving societies at the San Francisco Symphony and as development manager at Stanford Lively Arts, among other posts.
“We rely heavily on private funds to support the free HIV prevention and care services at the foundation, and Stacy is the right person to strengthen and grow our philanthropy programs and give donors confidence that their gifts are making a real difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS in our community,” stated Giuliano.
“I’m very excited to be here,” said Youkilis, who’s a straight ally, in an interview. She said the AIDS foundation is “running full speed ahead” for its anniversary party October 12 at the California Academy of Sciences. The nonprofit will honor Dr. Anthony Fauci, who’s the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and has been a leading figure in the fight against AIDS from the start of the epidemic. SFAF will also present its first-ever Dream Award, which is meant to celebrate a young person of color “who’s made contributions to the field and our community,” said Youkilis.
But she noted that the AIDS foundation, which has a budget of about $24 million, has been looking to stop relying so heavily on large fundraisers and make more money from individual donors.
The agency has been “extremely event-focused,” said Youkilis, and “I think we’re really looking at a very holistic program, and looking to build on the individual side of our giving to balance it out.”
Youkilis declined to share her salary, citing the nonprofit’s policy.