SCOTTS VALLEY, CA – January 10, 2017 – ETR announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Vignetta Charles as Chief Executive Officer effective January 3, 2017. Dr. Charles has been the Chief Science Officer at ETR for the past 18 months.
“Dr. Charles brings an incredible combination of scientific inquiry with a solutions orientation to ETR; and will be an outstanding Chief Executive Officer for the organization” said Chair of the ETR Board of Directors, Vincent Lafronza. “Her transformative leadership style and strong track record of vision, strategy and diverse organizational executive experience are ideal for the organization moving forward.”
Dr. Charles came to ETR from AIDS United, where she served as Senior Vice President, guiding strategic programming for the organization, garnering public and private resources for programs, leading efforts to measure and document program outcomes, and developing an expanded portfolio on the translation of science to community. Prior to her work at AIDS United, Dr. Charles developed and rigorously evaluated innovative, theory- and evidence-based sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention programs. She has focused her professional work on issues that disproportionately impact politically disenfranchised communities, with a focus on urban sexual and reproductive health and an emphasis on HIV prevention and care. Since returning to ETR in her role as Chief Science Officer, Dr. Charles has provided strategic direction across the organization’s focus areas and strategies. She has both expanded innovation and developed new partnerships in service of ETR’s mission.
Other previous work experience includes conducting scholarly inquiry at academic institutions, evaluating national teen pregnancy prevention programs, assessing the effectiveness of black women’s health interventions in Boston, serving as the national health educator for the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies, initiating a teen pregnancy prevention portfolio for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and coordinating prevention and youth development programs in both San Francisco and Oakland, California. She is an alumna of the University of California at Berkeley for undergraduate work, the Harvard School of Public Health for a Masters degree in health and social behavior, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for her PhD in the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health.
Dr. Charles currently serves on the Presidential Advisory Council for HIV/AIDS; and is on the Board of Directors for the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).
“I’m thrilled and honored that the Board has selected me to lead ETR at this pivotal time in the fields of health and education. ETR’s decades of commitment to improving health and increasing opportunities for youth, families and communities has resonated with my personal and professional mission to advance health equity; and it is my privilege to serve the Board, staff and our partners in this new role.”
ETR (Education, Training and Research) is a 35-year old nonprofit 501(c)3 whose mission is to advance health and opportunities for youth, families, communities. From concept to scale, ETR designs customized science-based programs and services to positively transform outcomes in four primary areas: • HIV, sexual and reproductive health • Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs • School-based health and wellness • Equity and inclusion in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) ETR uses both classic and leading-edge strategies in applied research, evaluation, training and technical assistance, program development, health promotion products and evidence-based program dissemination. ETR is headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, with offices in Oakland and Sacramento and a distributed workforce across the nation.
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