Tony Valenzuela is Named Executive Director of
The Foundation for The AIDS Monument
The Board of Directors of The Foundation for The AIDS Monument (FAM) is pleased to announce that Tony Valenzuela has been selected to be the organization’s next Executive Director.
Valenzuela is a longtime community activist and nonprofit leader in LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS, and arts communities. He most recently served as Executive Director of Lambda Literary for nine years where he presided over significant revenue and programmatic growth.
“We’re thrilled that Tony Valenzuela has come on board as our new Executive Director at this crucial time for our organization,” said Board of Directors Chair, Mark Lehman. “In the upcoming year Tony will lead us through the final design development of the AIDS Monument art piece, work with us to continue our remarkable fundraising efforts, and marshal our resources to flesh out and expand the development and delivery of online and on-site content and programming. Tony brings with him a unique set of management skills, vast experience in the non-profit arena, and expansive contacts in and connections with the local and national HIV/AIDS community that will be great assets for FAM going forward. I personally look forward to working hand in hand with Tony to realize FAM’s and West Hollywood’s dreams for what the AIDS Monument will be.”
Previously Mr. Valenzuela had worked at Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services in Los Angeles, and the LGBTQ Community Center in San Diego. Since the 1990’s he has been a leader in the gay men’s health and HIV/AIDS communities.
“No issue has shaped my life as profoundly as the AIDS epidemic,” said Valenzuela. “Today, as we reflect on the darkest years of the 1980’s and 90’s and continue to grapple with an intractable epidemic, especially in communities of color, I consider it paramount to understand where we’ve been and where we’re going, to honor the legacies of the hundreds of thousands of brilliant souls lost to the plague in the U.S., and to educate the public about the history of the epidemic so that we never face a similar calamity again.”
STORIES: The AIDS Monument will memorialize the devastation of AIDS on our nation, and will honor the courage of activists, caregivers, and community leaders, while creating community programming to address the cultural impact of the AIDS crisis. The Monument will be in West Hollywood Park, the most prominent public space in the City. It will be a work of art with global significance, and an iconic landmark for the City.