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Executive Director transition announcement

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Partners of APEB, On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff at APEB (formally AIDS Project of the East Bay), we are writing to inform you that Rev. Rob Newells has announced his resignation as Executive Director of APEB. After 5 years at APEB, he will depart at the end of July to become the Director of National Programs at the Black AIDS Institute. Rob joined APEB in December 2015 and has been pivotal in the development and success of the organization.  “Leading APEB has been a great honor,” said Rob. “I am incredibly proud of what we achieved over the past five years, and it has been incredibly gratifying to work with the clients, staff, board members, volunteers, partner organizations, and sponsors within the HIV services community in the East Bay.” George Mizrahi Jackson will be serving as the Interim Executive Director. George has served as the Community & Workforce Education & Training Team Lead since last June. Prior to that, George led the Prevention Services Department for two years. George brings years of program management experience from his prior positions with APEB. He has been unwavering in his belief of the mission and will continue to drive us forward. This transition is a strategic step in supporting the growth of APEB and our vision of an Alameda County where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination. The Board is currently convening a search committee to identify an Executive Director that will lead the organization into the future. Our team has been working diligently with the Black-Led Organizations Stabilizer Program through the East Bay Community Foundation to ensure a smooth transition and open communication with the larger APEB community. Rob will continue to consult with APEB staff and board of directors to ensure a successful transition. Rob is leaving the daily operations in strong hands with the APEB team including George, Pearlin, Kelli, Cori, our board, staff, volunteers, clients, and all our supporters. We cannot thank Rob enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation he has given APEB over the past five years. Thanks to Rob and the team he cultivated, we can now set our sights on even more growth and mission impact. Please join us in thanking Rob for his dedication to community-centered HIV prevention and treatment, and in wishing him continued success in his career. If you have any questions or concerns during this transition process, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at Sincerely,

Camille Harvey Chair, Board of Directors

Rev. Rob Newells and Board Chair Camille Harvey

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