Lisa Ryan Appointed Interim Executive Director of CALPEP
Succeeds Gloria Lockett, who retires in December 2019 after 35 years of leadership
As of July of 2019, in Oakland, California the Board of the California Prostitutes Education Project (CALPEP) announced that Lisa Ryan has been appointed Interim Executive Director of the agency. She will succeed CALPEP’s co-founder, Gloria Lockett, who is retiring after 35 years of service at the end of 2019.
Lisa Ryan was born and raised in Oakland California and is well known and respected amongst her constituents in the field of HIV and Substance Use. Ms. Ryan has served in many capacities at CALPP for over 28 years and was serving as the Deputy Director before accepting the crown as CALPEP’s next matriarch. Her enriched background includes attended Merritt College where she received certifications in Community Social Services and Substance Use Counseling. Lisa has been instrumental in the development and training of many current and former community leaders throughout Alameda County. Working side by side with Gloria Lockett over the years has prepared her for this next phase.
Professor Ben Bowser, Chair of CALPEP said, “We are grateful to have had Lisa Ryan on our team over all of these years. We look forward to her leadership.”
Lisa Ryan, Interim Director of CALPEP said, “I am overwhelmed by gratitude as I accept this position as Interim Executive Director at CALPEP. My continuous dedication will be focused on working with CALPEP’s Board to carry on the legacy of Gloria Lockett, one of this nation’s leaders in eradicating HIV and AIDS. My goal is to continue our mission of meeting client’s where they are and providing them with services in a language they understand.”
Gloria Lockett, retiring Executive Director of CALPEP said, “I am happy Lisa Ryan has chose to steer CALPEP in the direction of a successful future. Her work has been steadfast and her community relationships continue to thrive. She has proven to a woman of strength, resilience, and commitment and this is why CALPEP will succeed under her leadership. “
Notes for Editors:
Founded in 1984, The California Prostitutes Education Project was one of the first HIV education, prevention and street outreach organizations in the country. Its initial focus was prostitutes and their sexual partners including transgender individuals. Since 1990, it evolved with HIV science to a high impact approach, including:
- Street based/mobile and rapid HIV and other testing and specimen collection
- Evidence Based Approach through research, evaluation and quality assurance
- Focus on Getting HIV Positive Individuals into treatment and reduce transmission from HIV positive to HIV negative partners
- Shift to Prevention with HIV positive individuals through Linkage to Care and Drug Treatment
- Expand information and access to biomedical and behavioral prevention strategies, particularly Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
CALPEP’s philosophy is “Each one, teach one” – provide accessible health education to reduce sexual risk, prevent disease, link individuals to health care, treatment and support services. We respect both language and culture of those we serve.
About Lisa Ryan
Lisa is an inspiration and leader bringing over 28 years of experience in HIV program management and community social services. Lisa is a native of Oakland and is a highly respected leader in the field of community work particularly on issues related to substance use, HIV and program development. Lisa has been employed with CAL-PEP for 28 years serving in various capacities. Getting her start as an outreach worker and moving on to contracts manager, Center Director, Project Director and Deputy Director.
It is Lisa’s goal to be a relentless leader in the battle to eradicate the spread of HIV in communities of color. She continue lead a steadfast plan to identifying and addressing the primary needs of those faced with health disparities that plague us. Addressing mental health, substance use, homelessness, and overall wellness is her priority. As she stated, “We will continue to meet our clients where and advocate on their behalf”.
About Gloria Lockett
Gloria is one of the original co-founders of CALPEP, and is an internationally respected figure in the AIDS response in the US and internationally. She has been Executive Director for 35 years. She is retiring at the end of 2019. She is co-host and a regular contributor to the health and human rights podcast www.ashotinthearmpodcast.com
About CALPEP’s Board and Executive Search Committee The Board of CALPEP is chaired by Professor Ben Bowser, Professor Emeritus, Cal State East Bay, Department of Sociology and Social Services. He led the Search Committee for the new Executive Director, with Dr. Barbara Green-Ajufo, (Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California San Francisco), Ben Plumley (Founder, Hunuvat Global), and Gloria Lockett, CALPEP Executive Director.