Executive Team

Neil Giuliano

Neil Giuliano Chief Executive Officer

Neil G. Giuliano joined San Francisco AIDS Foundation as CEO in December, 2010, bringing over three decades of executive leadership experience to the foundation.

Previously, Giuliano served as president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and executive producer of GLAAD Media Awards. At GLAAD, he expanded the organization’s media advocacy and anti-defamation work to include religious and faith-based communities, sports and advertising media. Under his leadership, the GLAAD Media Awards appeared on the BRAVO television network.

In 1994, Giuliano became the youngest person ever elected mayor of Tempe, Arizona, a post he held for a decade. Giuliano was the first directly-elected openly gay mayor in the Unites States, and for six of those years, Tempe (pop. 175,000) was the largest city in America with an openly gay mayor. He served on the board of directors of the National League of Cities (NLC) and as Vice-Chair of the National Advisory Council of NLC. In 2003 Tempe earned the “All-American City” award, a coveted honor bestowed on local governments demonstrating exceptional success in problem solving. Concurrent to his work as a public official, he held numerous senior roles at Arizona State University, including director of federal relations and 2004 co-chair of the final presidential debate between President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry.

Giuliano has received numerous awards and honors for his work in public policy and community activism. He’s was named to the “Out 100” by Out Magazine, served as a distinguished lecturer at the William J. Clinton School of Public Service at the Clinton Presidential Library, received the Barry Goldwater Human Rights Award from Equality Arizona, and was named Tempe Humanitarian of the Year. In 2013 he executive produced the play *8* by Dustin Lance Black for a one-night-only, sold out performance in Phoenix, AZ. He is the author of “The Campaign Within: A Mayor’s Private Journey to Public Leadership” (Magnus Books 2012).

Giuliano received a B.A. in communication and a M.Ed. in higher education from Arizona State University, where he served as student body president in the early 1980’s. He has also completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Advanced Program for State and Local Officials. He resides in San Francisco and Tempe.

Nancy Durlester DuBois

Nancy DuBoisVice President, Talent and Operations

Nancy DuBois is the Vice President of Talent and Operations for San Francisco AIDS Foundation. She is responsible for the oversight and direction of human resources, information technology and office administration at the foundation.

Prior to joining San Francisco AIDS Foundation, she was Director of Human Resources and Office Operations at Future US, Inc. in South San Francisco. Nancy has 23 years’ experience in overseeing operational functions within both the corporate and non-profit world. She is a graduate of California State University, Chico and earned her PHR in 2008. Nancy is an avid cyclist and has participated in the AIDS/LifeCycle three times.

Dr. Bob Grant

Robert Grant, MD, MPHChief Medical Officer

Robert Grant, MD, MPH, is Chief Medical Officer, with a special focus on advancing the foundation’s work to create the first-ever dedicated home for health and wellness for gay men and bisexual men in San Francisco.

Dr. Grant brings more than 30 years of experience in HIV/AIDS clinical care and research, mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area. He leads the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Initiative (iPrEx), a multinational study in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the United States; the study played a pivotal role in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of Truvada for PrEP in 2012. His laboratory at Gladstone/UCSF is leading research on the biological and social implications of PrEP and HIV treatment, and a trial of a long acting injectable medication. He is the medical director of the UCSF Laboratory of Clinical Virology that performs HIV drug resistance testing for all public and free clinics in San Francisco. He was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people for his groundbreaking PrEP research.

Dr. Grant earned bachelor’s degrees in Biological Sciences and Latin American Studies at Stanford University, a Master’s of Public Health in epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley, and an MD at UCSF, where he took his internship and residency training in medicine and did fellowships in pulmonary and molecular medicine. He lives in San Francisco with his dog Tooloulou and cockatiel Picachoo and rides a bike to work.

Jeff Leiphart

Jeffrey M. Leiphart, PhDSenior Director, Programs & Services

Jeffrey Leiphart is responsible for HIV prevention and care programs and services at the foundation. His area of specialty is health psychology, particularly program design and evaluation for people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases.

Jeff has been licensed in California as a clinical psychologist since 1978. He is an expert in psycho-neuro-immunology (PNI) and other areas of science known collectively as mind-body health. He has developed numerous successful programs, particularly the L.I.F.E. Program, a nationally implemented program for teaching evidenced-based mind-body health to people living with HIV/AIDS. Jeff is a consultant to state health departments on the science of mind-body health and a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.

James Loduca

James LoducaVice President, Philanthropy & Public Affairs

James Loduca directs legislative affairs and health policy, communications, development, social marketing and health publications, overseeing all fund raising, community engagement and mobilization initiatives for the foundation. Previously, he was executive director of Worldbike, a nonprofit bike company powering rural development in East Africa.

James has nearly two decades experience in leadership positions in the United States and abroad. He has served in a variety of roles in the private and social sector, where his career has focused on improving the health of underserved communities, including at Gilead Sciences and with Kaiser Family Foundation, amfAR, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Genentech. He earned a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley and a degree in Spanish from La Universidad Compultense, Madrid. In his free time, he’s an avid endurance athlete, having participated in every AIDS/LifeCycle since its inception in 2001 and conquering several marathons and triathlons. He lives in San Francisco.

Tim Patriarca

Tim PatriarcaExecutive Director, Gay & Bisexual Men's Health & Wellness

Tim Patriarca is executive director of gay and bisexual men’s health and wellness. He leads the program integration and planning for new services at Strut, our new home for health and wellness for gay, bi and trans men located at 470 Castro Street.

Tim previously held leadership positions at Health at Home for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and Maitri. He has also worked at the University of San Francisco and the University of Wisconsin Foundation. Tim earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and holds a master’s degree in Asia Pacific studies from the University of San Francisco. He lives in San Francisco with his husband, James, and their dog, George.

Liz Pesch

Liz Pesch, CPAChief Financial Officer

Liz Pesch is responsible for the financial management of the foundation and oversees the accounting and budgeting functions, provides strategic direction and partnership for new initiatives, ensures all financial operations conform to legal, regulatory, and business norms, and reports to the Board of Directors regarding foundation finances, investments, and financial issues.

Liz came to the foundation with over 25 years of financial leadership experience for organizations such as Union Bank and Charles Schwab. She has also served for several years on the boards of directors for Bay Area nonprofit organizations including the Live Oak School and Frameline. Liz earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, and maintains active status as a Certified Public Accountant. She lives in San Francisco with her partner Wendy and their two children.