Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Staff changes at SF AIDS Foundation made to fit goals

The San Francisco AIDS Foundation has been going through some staff changes related to its efforts to reduce HIV infections.

James Loduca, the vice president of marketing and communications for the foundation, said that last August, the agency introduced a five-year strategic plan with three goals: cutting known infections in San Francisco in half, ensuring all San Franciscans know their HIV status, and ensuring access to proper HIV care for all who need it.

“In this budget cycle, we evaluated what our needs are over the longer term for executing the strategic plan, and then made staff changes to allow the organization to be successful over the next five years in realizing our goals,” said Loduca.

Loduca said the agency eliminated three positions in June, at the end of the fiscal year.

Those cut were Marty Low, the chief financial officer; Keith Hocking, the senior director of programs and services; and Debra Holtz, the media relations manager.

The CFO’s duties are now being fulfilled by Chris Damon, who’s become the CFO/controller for the foundation.

“At the end of every fiscal year in the budget process, we evaluate what knowledge, skills, and abilities we currently have, and what we’re going to need to execute our strategic plan to radically reduce new infections and insure access to care,” said Loduca.

The for the 2010-11 fiscal year is $21,500,888. Loduca said there haven’t been any budget changes or financial troubles.

One example of how they’re trying to meet their goals will be seen at Magnet, the foundation-run testing center in the Castro.

Magnet is projected to deliver 7,000 HIV tests this year, twice as much as they’ve done before.

“We added another day of testing,” said Loduca. “We used to be open five days a week. Now we’re going to six days.”

He wasn’t immediately able to say which day they’d be closed, and Magnet’s website hadn’t been updated as of today [Friday, July 22].

Loduca said he didn’t know whether the changes would include more staff for Magnet.

The foundation has 93 staff, which includes seven open positions. Some of those positions are already listed on the foundation’s website, and more are on the way.

One of those includes a communications manager, a position that includes all aspects of agency communications.

Loduca said the search for a new executive director is going well, but it’s too soon to say when someone will be hired.

Barbara Kimport has been serving as the foundation’s interim CEO since former CEO Mark Cloutier resigned in February.

On Sunday, July 18, over 25,000 people raised more than $3 million for the HIV prevention and care services of San Francisco AIDS Foundation and 59 Bay Area AIDS Organizations throughout the Bay Area at the annual AIDS Walk.

For more information about the foundation, visit the foundation’s website.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, July 22, 2010 @ 5:08 pm PST
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