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CEO Joe Hollendoner Accepts New Role, Will Step Down in May

"While we are sad to see Joe leave San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Bay Area, we are grateful for his principled leadership over the last nearly five years," said Board Chair Maureen Watson.

SAN FRANCISCO, January 27, 2021 — San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) today congratulates CEO Joe Hollendoner, MSW, on his appointment as executive director of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Hollendoner will join the staff of the Center this July and work alongside Center CEO Lorri L. Jean, succeeding her as CEO after Jean’s retirement in July 2022. Hollendoner will continue on as San Francisco AIDS Foundation CEO until May 2021.

“While we are sad to see Joe leave San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Bay Area, we are grateful for his principled leadership over the last nearly five years,” said Maureen Watson, board chair. Watson was elected chair of the SFAF board of directors earlier this week. “SFAF has become a stronger and more effective organization because of Joe’s work developing our strategic plan and building a strong leadership team. I am confident that the Foundation will be able to continue to build on Joe’s successful work.”

Hollendoner has led San Francisco AIDS Foundation since May 2016. During his tenure, he spearheaded the creation and adoption of a new five-year strategic plan in 2019 that prioritizes the expansion of sexual health and harm reduction services, emphasizes collaborations with partners and coalitions, and established racial justice as a fundamental principle to guide the organization’s growth and resources.

Over the last five years, Hollendoner grew SFAF’s revenue by 84% which led to an expansion of staff from 150 to 220, and the number of people the agency can serve to 25,000. During the COVID-19 pandemic, SFAF has provided essential health services without service interruption.

“Leading San Francisco AIDS Foundation with its incredibly talented and dedicated workforce has been an incredible experience that has meant so much to me professionally as well as personally,” said Hollendoner. “I am proud of what we have achieved together, and am certain that the board will find a new CEO who will champion health justice and continue our commitments to transforming SFAF into an anti-racist organization. Racial disparities in health and in HIV are injustices and we must continue to do everything we can to break the systemic barriers that prohibit all people living with or at risk for HIV from thriving.”

The SFAF board of directors will soon initiate a search process to recruit a new CEO. The board of directors, Hollendoner, and the leadership team anticipate a seamless transition.

SFAF and the Los Angeles LGBT Center have a unique partnership forged over the last 27 years as co-producers of the annual AIDS/LifeCycle, formerly the California AIDS Ride, a 545-mile bike ride that raises significant funds for each organization. The next AIDS/LifeCycle is scheduled to take place in June 2022.

More details about the Center’s leadership transition are available at

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation promotes health, wellness and social justice for communities most impacted by HIV through sexual health and substance use services, advocacy, and community partnerships. Each year more than 21,000 people rely on SFAF programs and services, and millions more access SFAF health information online.