San Francisco, August 13, 2015 — San Francisco AIDS Foundation today announced that CEO Neil Giuliano has notified the board of directors that he plans to step down by year-end, concluding five years in the role. The board of directors has initiated the process of appointing a search committee to assist with identifying Giuliano’s successor.
“During his tenure, Neil provided strong direction and leadership for the agency. He leaves the foundation more focused, effective and secure, and we’re grateful for his years of service,” said Michael Kidd, chair of the board of directors. “We especially appreciate Neil’s early notification of his departure later this year, allowing us to embark on a thoughtful and planned leadership transition for the agency.”
“The time feels right for a transition at the foundation, allowing the board time to identify a successor who can continue to build on the momentum we’ve established over the past five years,” said Giuliano. “I have been fortunate to lead this agency through a time of unprecedented growth. Together, we dramatically expanded our free services for prevention and care, launched a $15 million multi-year major fundraising campaign poised to go public following a very successful quiet phase, and established a groundbreaking new model of care for gay and bi men in the Castro set to open in October.”
Giuliano started as CEO in December 2010, when the foundation had 88 employees, a budget of $19M and 7 members on its board of directors. Following an internal restructuring to expand HIV testing services, linkage to care, and prevention program outreach to new populations, the organization now has 150 employees and the new budget adopted by the 23-member board in June tops $29M.
“Our size reflects our commitment to the community to provide HIV/AIDS direct services and prevention programs to enable San Francisco to be the first city to end HIV transmission,” said Giuliano. “It’s a large responsibility, and with tremendous support from the community and our many partners, I am more confident than ever that we will see San Francisco be the first city to end HIV transmission. To have played even a small role in helping bring that about has been a tremendous honor.”
Agency growth during Giuliano’s tenure was fueled in part by four consecutive years of record-breaking performance of AIDS/LifeCycle, the agency’s largest source of privately-raised revenue that it coproduces with Los Angeles LGBT Center. Expansion of free services during this time includes a merger with STOP AIDS Project in 2011 and the creation of The DREAAM Project (Determined to Respect and Encourage African American Men), the Fifty-Plus Network and TransLife. The Castro Country Club became fiscally sponsored by the foundation in 2013. The agency played a lead role in the roll out of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), launching prepfacts.org and establishing what is on track to become the largest PrEP clinic in the world. The foundation also completed a five-year strategic planning process with the board of directors that sets clear goals for 2020 and was recently awarded significant multi-year HIV prevention grants by both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California State Office of AIDS.
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. For more information, visit www.sfaf.org.