As of October of 2019 CAL-PEP announced that Lisa Ryan has been appointed Executive Director of the agency.
Lisa Ryan was born and raised in Oakland California and is well known and respected among her constituents in the field of HIV and Substance Use. Ms. Ryan has served in many capacities at CAL-PEP for over 30 years and was serving as the Deputy Director before accepting the position as CAL-PEP’s Executive Director. Lisa is an inspiration and a fierce leader, bringing over 30 years of experience in HIV program management and community social services. Lisa has been instrumental in the development and training of many current and former community leaders throughout Alameda County. She is a highly respected leader in the field of HIV particularly on issues related to substance use and program development.
Lisa Ryan, Executive Director of CAL-PEP said, “I am overwhelmed with gratitude as I accept the position as Executive Director of CAL-PEP. The CAL-PEP team and I have been and will continue to be unwavering in our innovation and commitment to community. The overwhelming health disparities faced by communities of color will continue to drive us. Responding to the homeless crisis, sexual health, substance use and wellness will be our priority”.
About Lisa Ryan
Lisa is a member of the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. Lisa received her training and certification in Substance Use and Community Social Services from Merritt College. Lisa is an advisory board member for East Bay Getting To Zero and a board member for Collective Organization Towards Teaching Our Nation (COTTON).
It is Lisa’s goal to be an unwavering leader in the battle to eradicate systematic oppression and the spread of HIV in communities of color. She continues to lead with a plan to identify and address the primary needs of those faced with health disparities that plague communities of color. Addressing mental health, substance use, homelessness, and overall wellness is her priority. As she stated, “We will continue to meet our clients where they are and advocate on their behalf”.
Professor Ben Bowser, Chair of CAL-PEP states, “We are grateful to have had Lisa Ryan on our team over all of these years. We look forward to her continued leadership”.