San Francisco, October 29, 2012—San Francisco AIDS Foundation has appointed Juan Barajas as director of individual philanthropy and Ryan McKeel as director of communications. The appointments reflect an effort to attract and retain professional staff with deep experience that will help advance the agency’s mission of radically reducing new HIV infections in San Francisco.
Barajas joins the foundation from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and brings more than 13 years of fundraising experience to this newly created position within the development department. McKeel was hired in 2010 as communications manager and steps into this new role after having successfully grown the foundation’s leadership in social marketing, community affairs, and health media.
“With our ongoing efforts to expand local services for HIV prevention and care, it’s critically important that we inspire the community to understand, value, and support our work, and Juan and Ryan are just the right people to make that happen,” said Neil Giuliano, CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation. “They understand the unique needs of our community and the people we serve and will be tremendous assets as we expand our work and advance towards achieving an AIDS-free generation.”
Previously, Barajas served as deputy director of development at GLAAD, where he was responsible for raising $2 million per year in major gifts and memberships. He also successfully expanded GLAAD’s Leadership Council program to eight cities around the country, engaging donor activists in fundraising and community outreach. Prior to GLAAD, Barajas was executive director of the Pacific Center in Berkeley, which provides mental health and wellness services for the East Bay LGBT community. He also led and expanded the Outlet Program, which offers direct services and advocacy to LGBTQQ youth in the Peninsula and South Bay. Barajas received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University.
Previously, McKeel served as senior writer and producer at KPIX-TV in San Francisco. In addition to producing daily newscasts, he specialized in political coverage, including the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns. In 2011, McKeel produced a 30-minute special on the history of the AIDS epidemic, which was co-presented by KPIX and San Francisco AIDS Foundation. The program included the first-ever broadcast interview with Timothy Brown, the only person in the world believed to be cured of AIDS. McKeel received his third Emmy award for his work on the special. Prior to KPIX, he worked as a writer at KCPQ-TV in Seattle, Washington. McKeel received his bachelor’s degree in communications and Spanish from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
About San Francisco AIDS Foundation
No city experienced epidemic levels of HIV faster than San Francisco. At San Francisco AIDS Foundation, we work to end the epidemic where it first took hold, and eventually everywhere. Established in 1982, our mission is the radical reduction of new infections in San Francisco. Through education, advocacy, and direct services for prevention and care, we are confronting HIV in communities most vulnerable to the disease. We refuse to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable.
The best way to fight HIV is to know your status. A simple test can determine if you are infected with the virus.
Our diverse programs help thousands of people every year. From testing to prevention to care, our services assist communities where need is greatest.