Joe Hollendoner, MSW Chief Executive Officer
Joe Hollendoner, MSW, joined San Francisco AIDS Foundation as CEO in May 2016. He is responsible for setting the foundation's strategic priorities with the Board of Directors and ensuring they are operationalized through day-to-day leadership and management of the foundation.
Joe leads the foundation's Leadership team who oversee all client-facing services, a comprehensive philanthropy and public affairs department, advocacy and community engagement initiatives, finance, human talent and organizational operations. Joe also manages relationships with external stakeholders, public health partners and other community leaders.
Joe has more than 15 years of experience in in the field of HIV, most recently as First Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, the nation’s third-largest health department. Prior to his work in the public sector, Joe was in executive leadership roles at Chicago’s two largest private HIV services providers: AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Howard Brown Health. At AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Joe served as Senior Vice President, and oversaw the agency’s $15M portfolio of HIV prevention, care, housing, and evaluation programs. During his 11-year tenure at Howard Brown Health, Joe first worked as a health educator and was eventually named Chief Program Officer with the responsibility of overseeing all of the agency’s health promotion and social service programs for LGBTQ youth, adults, and seniors.
Joe has dedicated much of his career to improving direct health service delivery to marginalized populations. In 2004, Joe was the founding director of the Broadway Youth Center, the first of its kind health center for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness—and was later named a 2010 Community Health Leader by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for his leadership in the creation of the Center. He has also served as program director for the first successful adaptation of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention intervention for young transgender women of color, assisted in the development of Nigeria’s first HIV prevention centers for gay and bisexual men, and created new behavioral health programs for childhood survivors of sexual assault, mentally-ill adults being released from jail, and family members of homicide victims.
Hollendoner received his Bachelor and Master degrees in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a focus in community development, public policy, and organizational leadership. He continued his postgraduate education at DePaul University in the field of public health and is a 2016 fellow of the University of Chicago’s Civic Leadership Academy.
Lara BrooksVice President of Programs
Lara Brooks oversees the administration of San Francisco AIDS Foundation programs and services. Lara works with staff and community partners to anticipate changing needs, drive strategy, and grow foundation services to reach populations most affected by or at risk for HIV.
Prior to joining the foundation, Lara was executive director of the Chicago Youth Storage Initiative, a citywide storage project for young people experiencing homelessness. Prior to that, they worked at Howard Brown Health's Broadway Youth Center where they directed programs that serve LGBTQ youth and youth experiencing homelessness. Brooks has also served as a long-time consultant, providing expertise in capacity building and program evaluation/design to a diverse array of clients.
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.
Liz Pesch, CPAChief Financial Officer
Liz Pesch is responsible for the financial management of the foundation and oversees the accounting and budgeting functions, provides fiduciary oversight for the foundation’s assets, offers 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 currently 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 son.
Russell RoybalChief Advancement Officer
Russell Roybal works alongside the development, marketing and communications and AIDS/LifeCycle teams at San Francisco AIDS Foundation. He leads the fundraising, communications and branding efforts that resource the organization's programmatic efforts and advance the mission of the foundation.
Previously, Russell was the National LGBTQ Task Force's deputy executive director, where he directed the organization's programmatic and policy work, and the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. He also served as deputy executive director of external relations, the organization's chief development and communications officer. The Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people.
Russell has served on the staffs of the Gill Foundation, LLEGO – the National Latina/o LGBT Organization, the San Diego LGBT Center, and San Diego Pride. He was honored by the California LGBT Legislative Caucus as a Pride Honoree in 2017 and was named Grand Marshal of the San Diego LGBT Pride celebration the same year. He is also a recipient of the Harvey Milk Equality Award, the Jose Julio Sarria Civil Rights Award, and was the inaugural recipient of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Equality Award.
His activism is rooted in his family's tradition of public service and pursuit of social justice. Russell was born in Hollywood and grew up in La Puente, CA. When not working you can find him underwater scuba diving or living his life on the dance floor.
Greg SrodaChief Operating Officer
Greg Sroda is responsible for partnering with the leadership team to ensure the successful achievement of the organization's strategic plan and goals by providing executive leadership to the daily operations of the organization.
He is responsible for providing executive leadership to the organization’s shared services, including human resources, technology, marketing & communications, volunteer resources, and office services.