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Dr. Delores Jacobs Day proclaimed June 22, just before her retirement from The Center

June 22, 2018 proclaimed Dr. Delores Jacobs Day.
Photo credit:
George Vernon

Today, the San Diego City Council issued a proclamation declaring Friday, June 22, 2018, to be Dr. Delores Jacobs Day in the City of San Diego. Jacobs, who has been at the helm of The San Diego LGBT Community Center as its Chief Executive Officer for the past 17 years, will end her service to The Center on June 30.

While receiving the proclamation, which was presented by Councilmembers Chris Ward and Georgette Gomez, Jacobs was surrounded by her wife Dr. Heather Berberet, several board members and staff of The Center, and other community supporters. During their remarks, both Ward and Gomez praised Jacobs’ for her visionary leadership, mentorship, and growth of The Center throughout her tenure.

Jacobs, a psychologist by trade, first came to The Center in 1998 to serve as the director of the organization’s Behavioral Health Services program. She was selected as CEO in 2001. The Center has grown from an organization with a $2-million annual budget to over $6-million under the leadership of Jacobs, along with the addition of numerous programs to support youth, seniors, those with living with HIV, and the trans community.

A free community celebration to honor Jacobs will be held on Friday, June 22 from 6-9 pm at The Center. Everyone is welcome to attend. More details are HERE.

The full text of the city council proclamation is below:

"WHEREAS, Dr. Delores A. Jacobs is the longest-serving chief executive officer of The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center. She first joined The Center in 1998, and served as the director of The Center’s Behavioral Health Services before being selected as its chief executive officer in 2001; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Jacobs is a nationally-recognized skilled and powerful leader, responsible for managing one of the oldest, largest and most dynamic LGBT community centers in the country; and

WHEREAS, under Dr. Jacobs’ direction, The Center has grown from a $2 million-dollar budget into a $6 million-dollar organization with 50 staff members and more than 1,000 volunteers, making it possible for The Center to serve over 25,000 people through 60,000 service visits last year; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Jacobs’ exemplary vision, leadership, and commitment has increased and enhanced The Center’s scope of services, its community collaborations and its influence within the greater San Diego community. The Center has expanded its programming to include: the Hillcrest Youth Center and the development of the 23-unit Sunburst Youth Housing program for formerly homeless LGBT youth; establishing the nation’s first Latin@ Services Department at an LGBT community center; re-assuming the management of AIDS Walk San Diego; launching The Center’s Project TRANS, designed to serve transgender community members and their families, and welcoming the civic engagement project, Engage San Diego, to the Center’s programs; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Jacobs led the organization through the renovation of The Center’s main building and a name change from the Gay and Lesbian Center to The San Diego LGBT Community Center; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Jacobs launched The Center’s non-partisan Get Out The Vote (GOTV) and education campaign, “Equality Voters.” establishing a leading role in the fight for marriage equality at the local and state levels, including efforts to defeat California’s discriminatory Proposition 8; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Jacobs led The Center and the local community through the devastating loss of Prop 8 to eventually celebrate the return of marriage equality in the state, while during that same time, the nation faced a disastrous economic crisis, where Dr. Jacobs provided critical stability for The Center, delivering calm, thoughtful, strategic and transparent leadership that allowed the organization to weather that crisis and come out of it even stronger; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Jacobs is best known and respected for her commitment to creating innovative collaborations between a variety of sectors, including health care, private, public, corporate and nonprofit. She is looked to as a strong advocate and committed partner for issues that intersect with HIV/AIDS and LGBT equality, including health care, safe schools, immigration reform, access to reproductive health care and more; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT PROCLAIMED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO, that this Council,  for and on behalf of the people of San Diego, does hereby declare June 22, 2018 to be “Dr. Delores Jacobs Day” in the City of San Diego."