Dear friends of The Center,
As I enter my last week as CEO of The Center, I am flooded with thoughts and memories, including those from last Friday! I want to thank everyone who came out for Friday’s event or sent me a note. I can’t thank you enough for your incredible support, not just on Friday, but over these past 17 years.
I am honored, humbled and so grateful to have been afforded the opportunity to serve as CEO of The Center. It has truly been a highlight of my professional life and I cannot possibly thank you enough for this tremendous privilege.
Over the past 17 years, we’ve rallied, walked, marched and organized in a collective quest for equality, freedom and fairness for all in our community. We have celebrated our victories and mourned our losses. Most importantly, we have continued to build a community — and a movement — that strives to include all of us. We have attempted to build a Center each of us can call home.
While The Center has many achievements, I am most proud of the fact these are truly collective community accomplishments that so many people helped make possible. Over the years, thousands upon thousands of San Diegans have donated time, energy, resources and expertise to everything we have achieved.
And we’ve accomplished a lot together — the Hillcrest Youth Center, the Sunburst Youth Housing Project, the recently opened LGBT senior housing project, senior services, family services, Project TRANS, beginning services for youth in the South Bay, the Young Professionals Council and the YPC Academy, the first-ever Latin@ Services program at any LGBT Center in the nation, voting projects and civic engagement, producing the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast and so much more. The Center has always played a crucial role in our community’s response to HIV/AIDS, and that commitment has never wavered. Through AIDS Walk San Diego, Dining Out For Life and the #BeTheGeneration campaign to end HIV as we know it, we remain more committed than ever to fighting HIV. We have much to be proud of.
As I step down, I am excited to imagine the ways that this special place will continue to grow and thrive. The Center has a visionary incoming CEO in Cara Dessert. We have an incredibly talented, passionate and creative staff, as well as dedicated and committed volunteers, supporters and board members — and we have the dedication and support of people like you. You have helped our Center grow into one of the strongest and most comprehensive LGBT community centers in the nation.
While I will no longer be The Center’s CEO, I will proudly continue to stand with you as a supporter of this tremendous organization.
With my very deepest thanks and respect,