Tina Podlodowski Named Head of Lifelong AIDS Alliance
Chuck Kuehn Leaves for Peace Corps After Eight Years With Agency
March 26, 2004
Seattle -- Lifelong AIDS Alliance's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that former Seattle City Councilmember Tina Podlodowski has accepted the position of Executive Director, effective March 29, 2004.
Rich Thorvilson, President of the Board of Directors said, "We are thrilled that Tina accepted our offer to lead Lifelong in these critical times, and know she will be able to meet the challenges posed to our agency head on. We love Tina's excitement, passion, knowledge of the Seattle/King County human services community, private sector management experience, and marketing and fundraising skills. Add to that her local and national political experience as a Seattle City Councilmember, and we couldn't have found a better leader for this organization."
Podlodowski replaces Chuck Kuehn, who has led Lifelong AIDS Alliance for three years. Kuehn is leaving Lifelong to pursue a long-time dream of joining the Peace Corps, and he will be working in Africa. Before assuming the role of Executive Director at the agency, which was created in 2001 with the merger of Northwest AIDS Foundation and Chicken Soup Brigade, Kuehn worked served for five years as the Executive Director of Chicken Soup Brigade.
Podlodowski has had a long and varied career and life as a legislator, technology executive and philanthropist. She served on the Seattle City Council from 1996 until 2000. She was Chair of the Public Safety, Health and Technology Committee, and Neighborhoods and Neighborhood Planning Committee. In 1999, she was able to pass three watershed pieces of legislation helping to ensure basic rights for all. Under her Equal Benefits Ordinance, Seattle became the second city in the nation to require companies contracting with the City of Seattle to extend equal benefits to domestic partners. She authored and passed legislation to protect gender identity under all of the City's non-discrimination laws, making Seattle the third major city in the nation to include both sexual orientation and gender identity in these kinds of laws.
Prior to joining the Seattle City Council, Podlodowski was a senior manager at Microsoft, most recently as director and general manager of Microsoft University, Microsoft's worldwide training business in 1991.
Podlodowski believes in the importance of service to the community and spends time with many non-profit organizations and boards. She just completed a term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender political organization based in Washington, D.C. Together with the Human Rights Campaign, she helped to create HRC FamilyNet, dedicated to the needs of gay and lesbian families. Podlodowski has served on the Board of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, is a past co-chair of the Outgiving Conference and a former President of the International Network of Lesbian and Gay Elected Officials. She is also a former Board President of the Pride Foundation. She is currently a member of the Visiting Committee at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.
United States Senator Patty Murray said, "Tina Podlodowski is an excellent choice to become the new executive director of Lifelong AIDS Alliance and lead their efforts in combating HIV/AIDS, and provide needed services to affected families. The agency, Seattle community and national effort against AIDS will benefit from her wealth of private and public sector experience, her intelligence and leadership abilities. Tina will be a welcome addition at this crucial time in the fight against AIDS."
Christine Hurley, Executive Director of Bailey-Boushay House, commended the choice. "Lifelong AIDS Alliance is our community's leading voice in the ongoing battle against AIDS. Tina's leadership will further strengthen public awareness and advocacy for persons living and at risk of HIV/AIDS."
Lifelong AIDS Alliance was formed in January 2001 through the merger of Chicken Soup Brigade and Northwest AIDS Foundation. It provides housing and home chores, food and nutrition services, insurance continuation, transportation, case management, and emergency financial assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS in King County. Community services include HIV/AIDS prevention education, and local, state and national public policy advocacy.
The services are as critical today as they've ever been. Contrary to popular belief, the disease is not waning -- it is only changing. 50 percent of the 42 million adults worldwide affected by AIDS are women. And, of the two people in Washington State today that will contract HIV, one of them is under 25. Furthermore, due to the advances in drug therapies, people with AIDS are living longer and thus requiring services for longer periods of time.
Lauri Hennessey of Hennessey Communications, Lifelong AIDS Alliance Media Contact, can be reached at (206) 650-4153.
Former Seattle City Council Member Chosen as Head of King County, Wash.-Based Lifelong AIDS Alliance
This article was provided by Seattle Treatment Education Project. It is a part of the publication STEP Ezine.