Brett Andrews, CEO of PRC and Baker Places, which provides HIV/AIDS services and workforce development as well as rehabilitation services, resigned from the nonprofit organization as he began serving as CEO in 2003.
The decision, which was apparently announced to top-level employees just a few hours before a Bay Area reporter learned the news Wednesday afternoon, was made “in partnership with the board of directors,” said Tasha Henman, head of policy and government affairs for the People’s Republic of China. , stated in an email.
“There is a comprehensive, long-term plan in development, and it was Brett’s decision to retire alone and not that of our board of directors,” Hinman continued. “As of today, Brett serves as CEO emeritus and former COO Chuan Teng is serving as interim CEO.”
Teng, who has worked with the People’s Republic of China for 10 years, was only promoted earlier this month to her role as COO. According to information from the organization’s website, Teng “served as the Administrative Legal Director of the Legal Advocacy Program in the People’s Republic of China, where she helped launch a healthcare legal services practice, then as Head of Programs and Confidentiality Officer, and then as Head of Client Services and Talent.”
Henman said Andrews, who is a gay man, will remain with the People’s Republic of China “for the next several months to ensure a smooth transition”. He is not expected to exit the nonprofit before the New Year. Andrews was not available for comment although Henman said he and Chairman Brian Schneider would be happy to speak with the media “in due course.”
Recent financial struggles
Andrews leaves an organization that in recent years has been financially short. In 2020, according to IRS filings, the People’s Republic of China reported total revenue of $9,715,674, versus total expenditures of $10,431,124 resulting in a deficit of $715,450. The organization reported another shortfall in 2019, too, of $384,105. This came after years of positive balances. In 2020, Andrews’ salary and benefits are listed at $293,230. The salaries of six other employees are cited in the document, which range from $71,570 to $171,282, excluding benefits.
2020990 separate for Baker places, but using the same title as the People’s Republic of China, lists a budget of about $9 million, with commitments of $12 million, resulting in a shortfall of about $2.9 million. Baker Places 990 lists five people with salaries of more than $100,000, including positions such as medical director and clinical director.
Baker Places and PRC merged in 2016, although it does not appear to have expired, as BAR reported earlier this year.
In 2019, the People’s Republic of China moved to its new location at 170 Ninth Street, a 25,000-square-foot building constructed in 1934, that required a “head-to-toe renovation” according to a press release issued in June of that year. The total budget for the new space was $6 million, BAR Previously mentionedbut the organization said it had, by then, raised $5 million, and expected to raise another $2 million.
In June, the organization contacted the San Francisco Board of Supervisors with an 11-hour emergency funding request that angered some board members because they agreed to extend a $65 million contract — double what it had been in previous years — with Baker Places just once a month earlier. Several supervisors said there was no mention of the organization’s financial concerns at the time.
People’s Republic of China and Baker Place officials contacted supervisors at the June 14 meeting of Request $3.2 million in emergency funding to help them cover expenses, including salaries, and provide behavioral health and detox services for 215 beds. The programs serve more than 2,000 people annually, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
Supervisors eventually approved $1.25 million in emergency funding on June 28.
Dr. Hilary Konins, director of the behavioral health services and mental health program at DPH, told the board the money was badly needed. Konins told the board, according to a video of the supervisors meeting, that the organization, due to this $3.2 million shortfall, is “at risk of bankruptcy.” Konins told the board that the agency risks shutting down.
In the wake of the emergency funding, the Department of Public Health stated in a statement that “
Requests for comment from DPH and Mayor London Breed were not immediately responded to. Gay moderators Raphael Mandelman (District 8) and Matt Dorsey (District 6) did not immediately respond to text messages seeking comment. PRC is headquartered in the South of Market district of Dorsey.
The People’s Republic of China helped 4,400 clients in the 2020-2021 calendar year, through a variety of services ranging from workforce training and development to mental health and substance abuse programs, according to its impact report for that year. The organization also distributed $1,190,942 in emergency funds to clients living with HIV to help pay rent and cover medical expenses and other needs.
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