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San Diego Human Dignity Foundation names new executive director

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation’s (SDHDF) board of directors has selected John Brown as the organization's new executive director, effective Feb. 1.

Brown comes to SDHDF after most recently serving as executive director of Family Services of the Desert, one of the oldest non-profit organizations in the Coachella Valley.

Brown's resume also includes service as executive director of the Desert AIDS Project from 1998 to 2004.

"The board of directors is very proud that John Brown has joined the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation as our new Executive Director," said SDHDF board president Kay Chandler. "John has a long history of leadership in the Southern California LGBT Community. He brings a wealth of talent, experience, and knowledge of our community that position him well to lead the Foundation in its work to improve the quality of life in San Diego’s LGBT community."

A native of Southern California, John Brown has been actively involved in the LGBT community since the early 1970s. He is a founding board member for the Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance which produced the annual Sunset Junction Street Fair to foster understanding and appreciation between the LGBT community and other diverse groups in the Silverlake/Los Feliz neighborhoods.

He also served as executive director for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center in 1984-85 and established the first HIV/AIDS clinic in LA during his tenure along with the very first Foster Home for LGBT Youth.

Brown served as founding Chair of the Board for AIDS Healthcare Foundation which is now the largest AIDS/HIV agency in the world.

As an openly gay man, he adopted and raised four boys in the late 1980s bringing national attention to the debate on LGBT Parenting. Five years ago Brown adopted his fifth son, now a five-year-old, and he enjoys juggling the role of parent with his role as grandparent to 12 children.

"I am honored and challenged by the opportunity to serve the LGBT community through my work with the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation," Brown said. "I look forward to providing resources and support to the many wonderful charities that meet so many important needs in the San Diego LGBT Community."

Brown will be replace Tony Freeman, who left this position last October to return to the ministry at the Metropolitan Community Church.

During the transition, David Miles, a past member of the board of directors has served as interim executive director.

"The board of directors is grateful to David for his service to the Foundation," Chandler said.

More information about SDHDF is available HERE.