June 22, 2017 – UCHAPS, the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services, has named Kevin T. Jones as its executive director. The appointment is the culmination of an exhaustive national search led by Kevin Chase Executive Search Group, members of UCHAPS’ board of directors and representatives from its community and government advisory committees. Managing partner Kevin Chase led the assignment along with senior associate Catie DiFelice.
According to UCHAPS’ board, Mr. Jones was selected in part because of his extensive work in HIV/AIDS encompassing community health advocacy, academic research and evaluation and nonprofit leadership. His work in the field throughout his career has focused on marginalized populations in underserved communities who have always suffered a disproportionate burden in HIV/AIDS and related public health issues.
The Right Experience
Mr. Jones joins UCHAPS from the D.C. Promise Neighborhood Initiative where he served as the chief of programs and director of data & evaluation since 2015. Previously, he was the director of evaluation & training at Metro TeenAIDS in Washington, D.C. Earlier, Mr. Jones was a qualitative researcher and project manager at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. His projects there included designing and implementing ethnography-based community engagement strategies to introduce communities to HIV/AIDS vaccine trials and early PrEP studies, and designing studies to understand why people participate in these efforts.
In addition, Mr. Jones founded the Black LGBT Archivists Society and has served as an advisor and/or board member to organizations including ViiV Healthcare, NMAC (formerly, the National Minority AIDS Coalition), D.C. Center for AIDS Research, Soulforce, Many Voices and Washington Evaluators.
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“It’s hard to imagine anyone whose lived and professional experience has better prepared them for this leadership opportunity,” said Tony Sillemon, UCHAPS board president. “Throughout his career, Kevin has demonstrated a deep personal commitment to the kind of work UCHAPS does and the people and organizations we serve. His ability to lead our public health, community-based, and national partners will further strengthen our one-of-a-kind coalition. We couldn’t be any more thrilled.”
The assignment is an important one, said Mr. Chase. “The search comes at a critical point in the organization’s evolution and at a very complex time and funding environment in the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS,” he said. “The fight is far from over; the front lines are in the urban areas UCHAPS was established to serve.”
Over the last 30 years, much has been learned about HIV/AIDS. “Yet it still feels like a crisis in some communities,” said Mr. Jones. “There’s never been more urgency for leadership and action in responding to the unique needs facing urban communities. UCHAPS will continue to help provide that leadership. This is a bit of a ‘coming home’ for me after spending nearly three years examining other critical issues facing urban communities and neighborhoods. This work continues to be deeply personal. I’m humbly excited to lead the coalition to greater impact and success.”
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Kevin Chase Executive Search Group is a national consulting and executive search firm serving mission-based, non-profit organizations in the human services, social justice, healthcare philanthropy, education, and arts & culture sectors. The firm partners with boards, search committees, senior leadership teams and stakeholder groups on critical leadership transitions.
In a career of more than two decades, Mr. Chase has led dozens of executive search and leadership transition engagements for non-profit organizations as well as companies in the finance, technology, and professional services sectors. The majority of his engagements are for executive director/ CEO, senior development and board positions, though he has also conducted searches for C-level leaders of finance, operations and programs. He has particular expertise in working with small- to mid-sized, mission-driven non-profits, providing consultation and advisory services to the boards and leadership volunteers responsible for governance and organizational development.
Bringing more than five years of retained executive search experience, Ms. DiFelice’s search career includes work in the technology, healthcare and consumer markets in addition to her primary focus in non-profit and higher education. Although she has helped recruit C-suite and other senior executives in many markets and sectors, she said she always felt most connected to her work on behalf of mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations. Her broad non-profit search experience cuts across the healthcare, civil rights & social justice, education and arts & culture sectors. Among her recent placements: executive directors for JDRF, Komen for the Cure, More Light Presbyterians, and Equality North Carolina.
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