Description: Dr. Delores A. Jacobs is the chief executive officer of The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center. She is nationally recognized as a skilled and powerful leader, responsible for managing one of the oldest, largest and most dynamic LGBT community centers in the country. Jacobs is the longest-serving chief executive in The Center’s history. She first joined The Center in 1998, and served as the director of The Center’s Behavioral Health Services before being selected as its chief executive officer in 2001. With Jacobs at the helm, The Center has expanded its programming to include: the Hillcrest Youth Center and the development of the 24-unit Sunburst Youth Housing program for formerly homeless LGBT youth;
establishing the nation’s first Latin@ Services Department at an LGBT community center; re-assuming the management of AIDS Walk San Diego and Family Matters; launching The Center’s Project TRANS, designed to serve transgender community members and their families and welcoming the civic engagement project Engage San Diego to the Center’s programs. Jacobs is best known and respected for her commitment to creating innovative collaborations between a variety of sectors — health care, private, public, corporate and non-profit. She is looked to as a strong voice and committed partner for issues that intersect with HIV/AIDS and LGBT equality, including healthcare, safe schools, immigration reform, access to reproductive health care and more. She has been actively involved with the San Diego LGBT Leadership Council and the County of San Diego’s HIV Planning Council.