LOS ANGELES, CA – November 7, 2023 Minority AIDS Project (MAP), a pioneering non-profit organization committed to providing comprehensive services to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS in our communities, is delighted to announce the appointment of Riki Smith, CPA and Rev Elder Gerald Green, BA as its new Co-Executive Directors. This announcement comes as we honor the retirement of our esteemed CEO, Rev. Russell Thornhill, who will continue to serve on the Board of Directors. Both Riki and Rev. Green bring a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to MAP’s mission of reducing health disparities and improving the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS. Their joint leadership will guide the organization as it continues to expand its services and reach more individuals in need.

Riki Smith, CPA, has been part of the MAP family since 2008. Smith currently serves as MAP’s Chief Financial Officer where they have demonstrated exceptional leadership and strategic financial planning skills. She will bring her years of work in business finance to the role of Co-Executive Director. “I am excited to expand my role at MAP and I look forward to working with the dedicated team to further the organization’s mission,” said Smith. Rev. Gerald Green is a native of South-Central Los Angeles. Rev. Green brings a strong background in public health and policy, with a particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment. Rev. Green has been a volunteer at MAP, served its Board of Directors, and contributed alongside MAP’s founder the late Archbishop Carl Bean as Assistant Pastor at Unity Fellowship of Christ Church which played a vital role in forming MAP from its inception. Rev Green added, “It’s an honor to be part of an organization that is making such a significant difference in the lives of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. I am committed to ensuring that MAP continues to provide the highest quality of services to our community. MAP gave me the foundational support, guidance, and encouragement to make a difference in the lives of others.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Riki and Gerald to Co-Lead our team” said Rev Elder Benita Ramsey, Chair of the MAP Board of Directors. “Their combined expertise and passion for our mission make them the ideal leaders to guide MAP into the future. We are confident that under their leadership, MAP will continue to make a significant impact in the fight against HIV/AIDS in our communities.”

As we welcome our new Co-Executive Directors, we also take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude to Rev Elder Russell Thornhill. His unwavering dedication and leadership have been instrumental in shaping MAP into the organization it is today. We are delighted that he will continue to contribute his wisdom and experience to our mission as a member of the Board of Directors. We also welcome Dr. Roger Quinney to the MAP board. Quinney is a well-known activist and therapist in the South-Central Community, he is ready to support the mission of MAP.

In their new roles, Riki and Gerald will oversee all aspects of MAP’s operations, including program development, fundraising, community outreach, and strategic planning. They will also work closely with the Board of Directors to ensure the organization’s continued growth and success.

About Minority AIDS Project

Founded in 1985, the Minority AIDS Project (MAP) is the first community-based HIV/AIDS organization established and managed by people of color in the United States. MAP’s mission is to reduce suffering and deaths due to HIV/AIDS in minority communities by providing education, healthcare, and support services. For more information, please visit www.minorityaidsproject.org.


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