Leadership

Rodney Gould
Chair, Board of Directors

Rodney Gould is an attorney in private practice. He has spent many years working in the fight against AIDS, having served on the board of the Richmond-Ermet AIDS Foundation of San Francisco and currently as a producer of the Los Angeles based Southland Theater Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.), the world’s longest-running musical theatre benefit for AIDS. Rodney also serves on the boards of trustees for the First Christian Church of North Hollywood, the National City Christian Church Foundation in Washington, DC, the Disciples Seminary Foundation of Claremont, CA and his alma mater, Eureka College., Eureka, IL. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Law in Urbana, IL.


Craig E. Thompson-
Executive Director

Craig E. Thompson
Executive Director

Craig E. Thompson joined APLA as Chief Operating Officer in 1997 and became the Executive Director in July 1998. As the leader of one of the largest HIV/AIDS service organizations in the United States, he oversees all APLA operations, including health education and HIV prevention, government affairs, client and community services, fund development, finance and communications.

Prior to joining APLA, Thompson was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) from 1992 to 1997. While at AHF, he played a lead role in establishing and operating Positive Healthcare, the first Medicaid managed care program in the U.S. for persons with AIDS.

From 1988 to 1992, Thompson was employed by Security Pacific Burns Fry, an investment banking firm, working as part of the advisory team in mergers and acquisitions.

Thompson received a bachelor's degree in political science from Washington State University and graduate degrees from the University of Washington School of Law and New York University School of Law. He also earned a master's degree in business administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Robyn Goldman-
Chief Financial Officer

Robyn Goldman
Chief Financial Officer

Robyn Goldman joined APLA in 2010 as the Chief Financial Officer. She is responsible for the financial operations of the organization, as well as its information technology resources.

Prior to joining APLA, Goldman spent five years at non-profits, including most recently as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Montgomery County in Pennsylvania. From 1997 to 2002, she was the Executive Director of Ventures at WHYY, Philadelphia’s public broadcaster. From 1991 to 1996, she was the co-founder, COO, and CFO of NYT Video News International, which was sold to the New York Times in 1996. Goldman began her career at the CPA firm of Goldfarb, Whitman and Cohen in West Los Angeles.

Goldman received a bachelor’s degree in business economics at UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in business administration at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a certified public accountant in the state of California, inactive.


Bart Verry-
Chief Development Officer

Bart Verry
Chief Development Officer

Bart Verry joined APLA as the Chief Development Officer in February, 2012. In this role, Bart is responsible for overseeing the private fundraising efforts for the agency. Bart has been a development professional for over 13 years and has worked at a number of non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles area. Most recently, Bart served as the Director of Development at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, overseeing the development operations and raising over $11.5 million annually. Prior to joining the Center, Bart served as the Director of Marketing and Development for The Children's Circle (formerly Caring for Babies with AIDS) and Vice President and Director of Development with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles for five years.

Before entering the field of non-profit fundraising, Bart was a student services professional, serving as Director of Student Services at Occidental College in Eagle Rock. He also has been active in the local LGBT community as a volunteer. He has ridden in the AIDS/LifeCycle four times, served as a member of the Gay & Lesbian Education Commission for the Los Angeles Unified School District for five years, serving as chair of the commission for two years before it was disbanded by the school board. In addition, Bart was the chair and committee member of the Models of Pride Conference for LGBT youth for 10 years. He and his husband, Mark, live in the Hollywood area with their two dogs.


Jeff Bailey-
Director of Client Services

Jeff Bailey
Director of Client Services

As Director of Client Services, Jeff Bailey oversees the coordination of APLA’s Client Services Division.

Prior to joining APLA, Bailey served as the Director of Health Education & Prevention at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, overseeing a variety of evidence-based HIV health education and risk reduction services targeting men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender women and persons living with HIV, as well as tobacco control and substance use prevention programs.

Recognized for his leadership in community planning, Bailey served as one of the community co-chairs of the Los Angeles County HIV Planning Committee from 2001 to 2005 and presently participates as a member of the Urban Coalition of HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS). Bailey is also a part-time professor at Cal State University Los Angeles in the Health Sciences Department.

Bailey received a masters degree in public health from California State University Northridge and an undergraduate degree in history from the UCLA. He also has a degree in physical education and a secondary teaching credential in social sciences.


Vallerie D. Wagner-
Director of Education

Vallerie D. Wagner
Director of Education

Vallerie D. Wagner, M.S. joined APLA in 2007 as the Director of Health and Wellness Programs for the Education Division at AIDS Project Los Angeles, and became Director of Education in July 2008. She oversees prevention education and national programs and publications, and is leading the agency’s efforts to establish a sexual health center for African American and Latino gay men in south Los Angeles.

Prior to joining APLA, she served as the Chief Operating Officer at the Black AIDS Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Wagner was the Director of Education and Social Services at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, where she provided management for the Community Outreach and Education Department, Legal Services Department, Youth Services Department, Health Education and Prevention Department and the California AIDS Clearinghouse.

Before entering the world of nonprofit management, Ms. Wagner worked as an engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a member of Technical Team for the Voyager and Galileo Projects for 15 years. Ms. Wagner received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southern University in Baton Rouge in 1981. She received her M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tuskegee Institute in 1983 and was the first woman to receive a master’s degree in engineering from that institution.

Ms. Wagner has been a strong advocate for the human rights of the LGBT community and people living with HIV/AIDS for more than 20 years. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Jordan Rustin Coalition and the National Black Justice Coalition. She is also a member of Amnesty International’s OUTfront National Steering Committee.


Phil Curtis-
Director of Government Affairs

Phil Curtis
Director of Government Affairs

Phil Curtis oversees the policy and advocacy activities of APLA’s Government Affairs Division.

Curtis is a longtime employee of AIDS Project Los Angeles. He joined the agency as a case manager in 1989, later worked as APLA's benefits coordinator, managed the agency's first return-to-work program, and joined the Government Affairs Division in 2000.

Previously, Curtis had a long career as a journalist, writing for a variety of newspapers, newsmagazines and wire services. For several years, he worked for PBS flagship station WNET-TV in New York City, where he was an on-air producer/reporter for the station's first nightly newsmagazine, The 51st State. He later served as executive producer of PBS's national weekly media review, Behind the Lines.

Curtis is a graduate of the University of Virginia.


Madria Marshall- Director of Human Resources

Madria Marshall
Director of Human Resources

Madria Marshall joined APLA in 2005 as Director of Human Resources. A seasoned executive with 25 years of experience in the field, she has worked in the health care, transportation, finance and consumer products industries.

For nearly 20 years, Ms. Marshall worked at UHP Healthcare/Watts Health Foundation in Inglewood, most recently as Director, Human Resources / Vice President, Personnel Services, where she managed a $2,000,000 budget and oversaw more than 1,000 employees.

Ms. Marshall has broad experience with union negotiations, recruitment and referral programs, compliance audits and management training. She began her career at Mattel Incorporated in El Segundo.

Ms. Marshall holds a bachelor of science from California State University, Long Beach, and a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and Human Resources Executive Networking.


George Ayala, Psy.D.- Executive Officer, MSMGF

George Ayala, Psy.D.
Executive Officer, MSMGF

George Ayala, PsyD, is the Executive Officer of the Global Forum on MSM and HIV (for which APLA provides administrative and fiscal support). He also holds a part-time appointment as a Research Psychologist/Public Health Analyst at RTI International's Urban Health Program in San Francisco, California.

A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Ayala has conducted social science and community-based intervention research since 1996. His research has mainly focused on understanding the mechanisms through which social discrimination impacts health among gay and bisexual men of color.

Dr. Ayala is the former Director of Education at APLA, where he managed HIV prevention; capacity building assistance; community-based research; and print, video and web-based media programs for six years.

In his capacity as Education Director, Ayala helped bolster the agency’s HIV prevention portfolio, launch a series of provocative, community-based, award-winning publications and establish its nationally renowned capacity-building assistance program. He has worked in the nonprofit HIV/AIDS sector for 20 years.