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San Francisco: Positive Resource Center Hires Fundraiser as Executive Director
March 11, 2003
After a year of fiscal upheaval and staff layoffs, San Francisco-based Positive Resource Center has hired Brett Andrews, 38, an experienced fundraiser and administrator, to be its new executive director. Andrews, known for helping those living with HIV/AIDS find jobs and disability and insurance benefits, began work Feb. 18. He is PRC's first permanent executive director since fall 2001, when Ken Bukowski announced he was resigning in December. Several weeks later, the agency disclosed its attempt to renew a $750,000 government grant had failed, and it laid off five staff members. Through the financial assistance of the community and funding help from government officials, PRC weathered its financial storm.Adapted from:
Prior to joining the agency, Andrews was the executive director of Los Angeles Team Mentoring Inc., a nonprofit organization that operates TeamWorks, a group mentoring program that provides mentor support to middle school students growing up in some of LA's most challenging and underserved communities. During his tenure, he increased revenue by 95 percent and grew the TeamWorks program by 25 percent.
Andrews said he wants to expand PRC's scope and work into the city's minority communities, where HIV/AIDS is devastating populations. "I want to broaden our mission and have it not represented solely in the gay community," he said. "I want to make sure women and more minorities are made known of our resources so they can take advantage of them." By diversifying PRC's client base, he said the agency would be able to qualify for a wider array of revenue streams.
Andrews also wants to expand PRC's reputation among corporate employers. "A lot of the big companies should know about the personnel resources we supply," he said.
Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco)
03.06.03; Matthew S. Bajko
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.