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The San Francisco AIDS Foundation announced a new CEO January 4 — only the second in the organization’s 40-year history who is HIV-positive. Tyler TerMeer, Ph.D., will also be the first non-white leader of the nonprofit health services provider.

TerMeer, who is Black, starts February 14. He gave a phone interview to the Bay Area Reporter shortly before the new year, in which he said he has a lot to learn about San Francisco and is eager to do so as he takes the helm of the city’s largest provider of HIV/AIDS and other health services.

“I think as a person who’s been working in this field and has been living with this disease for 18 years, I do hope a day arrives when we can end HIV — and I hope it’s within my lifetime,” TerMeer said.

The 39-year-old gay man brings 17 years of experience in nonprofit leadership to the organization. He was most recently CEO of the Cascade AIDS Project and Prism Health in Portland, Oregon.

“It is an honor to be selected for this role at such a pivotal moment in the HIV movement, and I am looking forward to contributing my leadership to best serve people living with and at risk for HIV in the Bay Area and beyond,” stated TerMeer in a news release.

TerMeer succeeds Joe Hollendoner, a gay man who stepped down in May to lead the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The position was held for most of 2021 in an interim capacity by Kevin Rogers, previously the foundation’s chief financial


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