Vignetta Charles, Ph.D. Joins National AIDS Fund


Vignetta CharlesWASHINGTON, D.C.  July 19, 2010  -- Vignetta Charles, Ph.D., has joined the staff of the National AIDS Fund (NAF) as Vice President of Programs and Evaluation, where her responsibilities include overseeing NAF's strategic grantmaking programs, spearheading efforts to measure and document program outcomes, and developing an expanded portfolio on the translation of science to community.
Prior to joining NAF, Dr. Charles developed and rigorously evaluated innovative, theory- and evidence- based, sexual, reproductive health, and HIV prevention programs.  She has dedicated most of her career to issues disproportionately impacting politically disenfranchised communities, focusing on urban sexual and reproductive health with an emphasis on HIV prevention. Dr. Charles' professional experience includes conducting scholarly inquiry at academic institutions, evaluating national teen pregnancy prevention programs, assessing the effectiveness of black women's health interventions, 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 HIV- and pregnancy- prevention programs in both San Francisco and Oakland, California. Dr. Charles 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.
"I am thrilled to be working at the National AIDS Fund because this organization exemplifies the principles of community-driven grantmaking," said Dr. Charles.  "NAF is committed to being a learning and thinking organization, and is passionate about sharing this knowledge with grantees and other organizations in the field. It is my privilege to join this incredible team."
Kandy Ferree, National AIDS Fund President and CEO, said, "Vignetta Charles' impressive professional portfolio of diverse HIV and public health experience make her a valuable new asset to the NAF team.  The wealth of evaluation and assessment knowledge she brings to the organization will help make National AIDS Fund's support of community-driven HIV/AIDS prevention, care and access- to-care programs more efficient and effective to better serve our nation's communities most vulnerable to the HIV/AIDS epidemic."