On December 4, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation board of directors appointed Tim L. Jones, “TJ,” as interim CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation in preparation for CEO Neil Giuliano’s departure at the end of December. TJ joins the foundation after serving for more than 25 years in leadership roles for global organizations—most recently, the professional services firm Deloitte. He served on the foundation’s board of directors from 2011 – 2015, serving both as the chair of the Fund Development Committee and the Audit Committee. When they started sharing an office at our 1035 Market Street headquarters, Neil and TJ sat down for a brief Q&A.
Neil Giuliano: Thanks for doing this Q & A. I know our audiences are excited to find out more about who you are and what you’ll be working on at the foundation. You’ve been in the role for an entire week now. What have you enjoyed most so far?
Tim Jones (TJ): Thanks Neil. I’ve enjoyed meeting the staff individually and during our first all-staff meeting. I have already learned a lot about our people and why we are so successfully able to bring a myriad of services to our clients.
Neil: You’re joining the foundation from a well-known, global professional services firm where your team served over 65,000 professionals. What will be the similarities, and differences, in directing the operations of San Francisco’s largest AIDS service organization?
TJ: Well, I have to say it’s a lot more similar than different. Both organizations are aligned behind a mission and strategy to be the very best service provider that we can be to our clients in the most cost-effective and meaningful way. The subtle difference is that at the foundation, we provide many clients with basic health resources that they don’t get elsewhere.
Neil: What are you most looking forward to providing leadership on in the coming year?
TJ: I’m looking forward to providing stability during this transition so that everyone who enables our lifesaving work—from the front-line service providers to our many participants on AIDS/LifeCycle—can feel fully supported in being successful in their roles.
Neil: You’ve been on the foundation’s board of directors for four years. What first motivated you to get involved with our mission, and what motivates you to this day?
TJ: My motivation stems from my desire to work with an organization that provides critical care services to my personal LGBTQ community within the city that I love so dearly. The world looks to San Francisco to be innovative and lead the way to end the epidemic and I’m lucky to be right in the middle of our efforts.
Neil: You’ve ridden AIDS/LifeCycle twice and been a Roadie three times. What has been your most memorable AIDS/LifeCycle experience?
TJ: My most memorable experience without fail is the visual and emotional impact of day 6, when I attended my very first AIDS/LifeCycle candlelight vigil. It was at that moment when I stood next to my dear friend Tim who rode with me that I realized the impact we were making to end HIV/AIDS while remembering those that we lost along the journey. Wow!
Neil: When you’re not in the office—what do you enjoy doing?
TJ: I love to entertain at my home in the Castro, play softball in the SF Gay & Lesbian Softball League, travel and spend time with friends.
Neil: What else should we know?
TJ: I’m, thrilled and honored to be your interim CEO. My goal is to meet as many of you as possible and to learn from you so that we can better serve our clients.
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