“GALAEI has provided HIV-related services since 1989 to the Latino and LGBT communities in Philadelphia. Over the past few years, the agency has experienced transitions in leadership, resulting in its being at a critical juncture.
I joined GALAEI as the Executive Director in December, 2009 and knew that I would need guidance and support from someone with expertise, not only with non-profit management, but with providing HIV services to marginalized communities. The first person who came to mind was Elsa Rios whom I knew to be incredibly gifted, empathetic, goal-oriented, and knowledgeable about how to successfully lead an agency through challenging times.
In a very short amount of time, Elsa equipped me with the skills I needed to effectively run GALAEI. She instilled in me confidence, strategic thinking, and the ability to pause and reflect. Elsa was patient yet challenged me to consider my actions and decisions. She was encouraging and honest. And Elsa was always present—when talking with her I knew she was giving me her undivided attention. I will recommend her services time and time again.”
Elicia Gonzales, Executive Director
GALAEI: A Queer Latin@ Social Justice Organization