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Cathy Woolard to become new interim executive director at AID Atlanta

By Maria Saporta

Former Atlanta City Council President Cathy Woolard will serve as the interim executive director of AID Atlanta, a 30-year-old nonprofit that has been a national leader in helping people with AIDS and HIV.

The AID Atlanta board of directors said in a release that it “is thrilled” to announce that Woolard was coming on board.

“She brings extensive non-profit executive management expertise as well as a broad knowledge of the city’s corporate and civic leadership,” the release stated. “She will continue to maintain the client base at her public affairs company while she leads the organization in its 30th year.”

Cathy Woolard

AID Atlanta also announced that it has been awarded a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta to fund an organizational assessment to study the changes in the AIDS service organization landscape. That study will help inform the board of what it is looking for in a permanent executive director.

“This is an exciting time for AID Atlanta,” said Mark B. Rinder, chair of the AID Atlanta board. “In its 30th year and under new leadership, we’re embarking on an assessment to determine the strengths needed in a permanent executive director.”

Woolard is no stranger in the Atlanta nonprofit community. Most recently, her public affairs firm has provided public affairs consulting and/or interim executive management for a number of organizations including the Human Rights Campaign, League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition and Planned Parenthood of Georgia.

Woolard also held the position of executive vice president, global advocacy and external relations at CARE. She currently serves on the boards of Atlanta BeltLine Inc. and the Atlanta Medical Center.

“I’m very excited to work with the board and the management team of AID Atlanta during this pivotal time of transition for the agency,” said Woolard. “Our fundraising efforts remain strong and we’re going into 2013 with confidence.”

AID Atlanta saves and transforms lives with a continuum of care that provides access, linkage, and retention to HIV care.

The continuum begins with proven effective HIV prevention programs that avert new infections, encourage HIV testing and promote early HIV diagnosis.

Newly diagnosed individuals are linked to primary health care and a comprehensive suite of programs that work in concert with one another to improve health, provide basic needs, address mental health issues, and improve quality of life.

AID Atlanta programs are proven effective at improving health outcomes as measured by reduced viral loads and higher CD4 counts, the two key indicators of health for those who are HIV-positive. For more information, visit www.aidatlanta.org.

Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.



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