Welcoming our new Executive Director

SandraThe joint Boards of Directors of AIDS Emergency Fund (AEF) and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF) are pleased to announce the appointment of Sandra Y. Nathan as Executive Director. She will begin her new position on Monday, September 14, 2015. Sandra replaces long-time Executive Director, Mike Smith, who announced his retirement in January. The search was led by Scott Miller Executive Search.

“Sandra has the strategic vision and leadership skills to build on the tremendous success we accomplished under Mike,” said AEF Board Chair Scott Williams and BCEF Board Chair Heather Vučetin. “We are confident that she will expand both our grant and donor support for AEF and BCEF, so that both organizations will continue to fulfill their missions.”

“I bring a deep commitment to increasing the role of philanthropy, a passion for collaborative leadership, and an understanding of how critical it is to secure the support and engagement of all sectors so that those living with chronic, life-threatening illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and breast cancer have the safety-net support they need,” said Sandra Nathan.

Sandra joins AEF and BCEF after three years of executive leadership as Vice President of Grants and Loans at the Marin Community Foundation, based in Novato, California. In that role, she oversaw grant-making for the Buck Trust, whose mission is to ensure equity of opportunity for all Marin residents. Sandra also had a previous philanthropic position as President and CEO of the Richmond Children’s Foundation, now the Richmond Community Foundation.

Sandra has worked extensively in executive roles within local city and county government including Director of the Department of Health and Human Services for the City of Oakland, Director of Aging and Adult Services for the City and County of San Francisco, and Deputy County Executive for Santa Clara County. While working with the City of Oakland, she developed one of the first outreach programs for adults age 50 and older who were at risk of HIV/AIDS, and served on the Board of Directors of AIDS Project of the East Bay.

In addition to her strong knowledge of the public sector, she brings a wealth of leadership expertise within the nonprofit sector, including work at both the local and national levels, primarily in the field of aging. During her stint at the national level, she worked diligently on social and economic justice issues facing older adults, and at the local level, ensured there are culturally sensitive services and supports for diverse populations, including LGBTQ and people of color.

Earlier in her career, Sandra worked as a Legislative Representative and Regional Director for AARP, and more recently served as Executive Vice President of the National Council on Aging in Washington, DC. She currently serves on two national foundations including the National LGBTQ Task Force Board of Directors and Lambda Literary Foundation Board of Trustees.

Join us in welcoming Sandra to AEF and BCEF.

Scott WilliamsSincerely,

Mike Smith, Executive Director

Scott Williams
AEF Board Chair

Sylvester’s "Mighty Real Greatest
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Disco legend Sylvester’s Mighty Real Greatest Dance Hits is now on sale! Since his passing 25 years ago, Sylvester's bequest of his royalties to AIDS Emergency Fund and Project Open Hand has generated life saving funds of more than $200,000 benefiting our clients in need.

Check out the brand new remix of the iconic “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” by Grammy-nominated remixer and DJ, Ralphi Rosario (Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Madonna).

SylvesterThough the fabulous Sylvester is no longer with us, his incredible legacy and music will live on forever. This 11-track release features a number of original album tracks and 12” mixes that are rare or no longer available on CD. Even if you already own all of Sylvester’s catalog, please consider adding this special reissue package to your collection and you’ll help Project Open Hand and AIDS Emergency Fund continue to serve our community.