Foundation Announces Departure of CEO Mark Cloutier

(Feb. 4, 2010) - San Francisco AIDS Foundation announced today that Mark Cloutier has resigned from his position as chief executive officer, a role that he assumed in June, 2005. The board of directors has appointed Barbara Kimport, the agency's current vice president of development, as the interim chief executive officer.

“It’s rare that someone has the opportunity to shape the future of an agency as important as the San Francisco AIDS Foundation,” said Cloutier. “I’m very proud of our work and accomplishments over the past five years. As I take the next step in my professional career, which will expand to include other important public health issues, I will always hold my experience here close at heart.”

Mr. Cloutier’s arrival marked a key point in the evolution of the agency. Under his leadership, it concentrated on evidence-based interventions for prevention and care and expanding HIV testing and services for communities in San Francisco at high risk for HIV infection. Public policy efforts focused on strategies to make HIV testing more available in the state of California and were instrumental in the work leading to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy adopted by President Obama. The agency recently developed a five-year strategic plan, setting it on course to radically reduce new infections in San Francisco and ensure access to proper care for every HIV-positive individual in this city.

“Mark’s list of accomplishments is long and it is difficult for us to see him go,” said Dr. Lorna Thornton, chair of the board of directors. “On behalf of the board, staff, volunteers and clients, I’d like to extend our deepest gratitude for his many years of exceptional service to the agency.”

A search is underway for Mr. Cloutier’s replacement, led by Neil Sims at Boyden Global Executive Search.

About San Francisco AIDS Foundation: The San Francisco AIDS Foundation provides leadership to prevent new HIV infections. Linking community experience with science, the Foundation develops ground-breaking prevention programs and bold policy initiatives to promote health and create sustainable progress against HIV. Established in 1982, the Foundation refuses to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable.

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