Hispanic AIDS Forum Hires New Director of Programs

Press Release Date: 04/21/2005 Contact Information Heriberto Sanchez Soto Tel: (212) 563-4500

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hispanic AIDS Forum, the city's largest HIV/AIDS health promotion organization, serving the Latino community, is excited to announce that it has hired Ximena Morgan, a dynamic professional with many years of HIV/AIDS experience, as its Director of Programs & Development. She will be responsible and grant writing, program design, implementation and evaluation, staff support and training, and overall quality assurance in service delivery. Ms. Morgan has worked for HIV/AIDS organizations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York for over 14 years. She first began working in the HIV/AIDS field in 1990 as a volunteer for San Francisco AIDS Foundation, one of the best-known HIV/AIDS service organizations in San Francisco, then moved to Los Angeles in 1996 where she worked as a program manager then as Director of Programs and Evaluation for the LA Shanti Foundationuntil June 2004. As Director of Programs and Evaluation, she oversaw all the process and outcome evaluations as well as the development, implementation and reporting of LA Shanti's programs, workshops, support groups, and other direct services to clients infected/affected by HIV/AIDS. Ximena earned her Master's in Public Administration with a specialization in Health Policy from New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of California at Berkeley. Recently, she co-authored an article about group level prevention interventions for Persons living with HIV in the AIDS Prevention and Education Journal. Heriberto Sánchez Soto, HAF's Executive Director, said Ximena's background and experience serve to help the organization's current quality improvement planning and development efforts. He said he is impressed with the energy and passion she has shown for her work and looks forward to seeing what her leadership will bring to the agency. "After an exhaustive search, we are happy to announce Ms. Morgan's addition to the HAF family," said Sánchez Soto. "HAF continues on its trajectory of improving service delivery by developing cutting edge programs and services for our clients. Hiring Ms. Morgan is a key step in our ongoing efforts to retool the organization and respond to the rapidly changing trends of the AIDS epidemic." Hispanic AIDS Forum, founded in 1985 by Latino activists and social services employees concerned about the impact HIV/AIDS on New York City's Latino communities, provides free HIV testing, HIV treatment education, counseling and emotional support. For more information, please contact Miguel Bonilla at 212-868-6230.