GMHC Hires New CEO: Kelsey Louie
NEW YORK - The Board of Directors of GMHC announced this morning the hiring of Kelsey Louie as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Louie is a dedicated manager with deep expertise in administering programs that serve people with HIV/AIDS, and a track record of strengthening their client health outcomes. Louie comes to GMHC after seven years of leading programs at the Harlem United Community AIDS Center, most recently as its Chief Operating Officer.
"GMHC firmly believes that, in this moment in history, we can -- and must -- eradicate AIDS as an epidemic. Doing so will require a deeper level of partnership between the city, the state, GMHC and other community-based agencies than ever before to ensure we broaden the reach of our efforts as widely as possible and maximize our impact. That’s why the Board has chosen Kelsey Louie, an innovator in the field of HIV/AIDS care and prevention services, to lead GMHC as its next CEO," said Myron Sulzberger Rolfe, Chair of GMHC’s Board of Directors. "We are delighted to welcome Kelsey back to GMHC."
Louie, a native New Yorker who holds an MSW from New York University and an MBA from Columbia University, joins GMHC after years of work in community-based HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Most recently, as Chief Operating Officer at the Harlem United Community AIDS Center -- where he has worked since 2007 -- he has managed a staff of 350 and overseen the agency’s $42 million budget and operations, working to expand and strengthen the agency’s services for its thousands of clients. Louie’s previous employers include respected organizations such as New York Foundling, Veritas Therapeutic Community Inc., and the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the NYU Silver School of Social Work.
Louie is also no stranger to GMHC, having previously served as Coordinator of Counseling & Education in 2006.
"Kelsey Louie is the right leader to move GMHC’s vital work into the future, fulfilling our critical mission and continuing to expand our focus on meeting the changing needs of our clients and on curbing new infections among vulnerable populations," said Roberta Kaplan, Secretary of the Board of Directors, chair of the CEO search committee, and a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. "Kelsey will be an incredible champion for our clients in administering GMHC’s day to day operations, partnering with other community-based agencies, and leading our interactions with key city and state agencies."
"I’m thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to join the incredible team of dedicated staff and board members at GMHC, one of our city’s most important LGBT institutions," said incoming GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie. "After 30 years, GMHC continues to lead our community on the front lines of the fight against HIV/AIDS. I look forward to getting started and hearing more from GMHC’s clients, along with all of those in our community with a stake in the organization, to ensure everyone’s voice is included as we move forward to strengthen and expand GMHC’s capacity and vital work."