A. Charlene Leach Executive Director
A. Charlene Leach most recently served as Executive Director at Fredericksburg Area HIV/AIDS Support Service, an organization that addresses the unique HIV prevention and care needs of rural and suburban populations in Virginia. She has more than 12 years of experience in program design and implementation, major donor and foundation fundraising, corporate sponsorship, strategic planning, capacity building, and staff and board development. She has worked extensively in the LGBTQ adolescent field and in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, with the bulk of that work occurring within or focused on communities of color.
Leach served as a member of the training staff at Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York, where part of her duties included developing trainings to assist the larger community in understanding LGBTQ youth issues. She also served as Deputy Director at the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, the only national organization that advocated for and with LGBTQ young people. She attended Nyack College, where she double majored in Clinical Psychology and Business Administration.
Leach has more than 20 years of combined experience as a program developer, manager, administrator and policy maker. Previous work experience includes extensive involvement in diverse areas such as public health, substance abuse treatment and prevention, community development, and education and training. As an administrator, her responsibilities have included marketing, program development, proposal development, technical assistance, contract negotiation, project management, evaluation, fiscal management, and faith-based initiatives.