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Updates about The Center's staff

Updates about The Center's staff

The Center would like to celebrate and uplift four promotions of staff who work externally with our amazing LGBTQ community.

 Helen Weldeghiorgis (she/her/hers) is now the Director of Community Engagement & Equity. Helen has led our Community Engagement department since the fall of 2019, growing our engagement work within the Black community and our advisory committee system, as she staffs the Black LGBTQ Community Advisory Committee, the LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor Advisory Council, Community Leadership Council, and the YPC Advisory Committee. As part of her new role, she will be leading this effort, and working within the Black, Latino/a/x and API communities to expand and deepen our relationships with community partners, create new relationships, and help grow The Center’s advocacy and civic engagement. Contact: hweldeghiorgis@thecentersd.org.

 Tiana Vargas (they/them/theirs) is now the Director of Training and Community Education. Tiana has been our Youth and Family Services Navigator since 2018, expanding the Families Program by creating deeper, ongoing relationships with clients and community partners to provide services for LGBTQ+ prospective parents, educational and support spaces for families with transgender family members, and reproductive justice advocacy for transgender parents to be. In collaboration with other Center staff, Tiana led the development of several training curriculums, including training for family building service providers. They approach trainings as a harm reduction strategy for queer, transgender, and nonbinary people to have respectful and affirming experiences in all parts of their lives, especially when seeking out support services. Contact: tvargas@thecentersd.org.

 Rick-Arlo Yah Lira (he/him/his) is now Donor Relations Manager. Rick-Arlo has been with The Center since September 2018 and has served as Development Associate and Development & Donor Relations Coordinator. Before joining The Center’s staff team, Rick-Arlo was a longtime volunteer for Latin@ Services and a Dining Out For Life ® San Diego ambassador. In the last year, Rick-Arlo has deepened his meaningful relationship with our donors, his fundraising, and worked hard to have courageous conversations with our donor community about racial and gender justice. Contact: ryahlira@thecentersd.org.

 Angel Gonzalez (he/him/his) is now the Youth Homelessness Service Manager. After a year and a half of service at The Center, most recently leading our efforts to provide case management and housing navigation services for youth staying at the Convention Center Shelter, Angel will be taking on this new role and will be responsible for the oversight and administration of our growing youth homelessness programs and services. This will include our newest program - Housing Our Youth, which includes emergency housing, peer support, case management, and housing navigation services. Contact: agonzalez@thecentersd.org.

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