AIDS Housing Alliance / San Francisco


The Team

Brian Basinger - Director 


Brian has served as Executive Director since founding the organization in 2003. He has over 30 years of experience providing LGBT and HIV community services. He co-founded the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Youth Alliance when he was 17 years old, was inducted into the permanent collection of the Smithsonian for bringing the AIDS Quilt online, served on the Board of the SF Pride organization, co-founded the Freedom to Marry Task Force of Northern CA in 2005, and served as the President of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club.  

James Nykolay - Office Manager 


James cares deeply for those who seek our services, personally greeting the over 4,000 members we have served since co-founding the organization. Taking great pride in AHA, he sources and purchases supplies for our offices and for AHA Cafe, and takes great care in ensuring our offices are neat and orderly. 

Darren Kearl, CISA - Manager of IT & Advancement


Darren is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) with 20 years experience in the technology field, most recently as Director of Governance and Compliance at a Bay Area firm providing information and technology services to global corporations.

Holly Pothier, BSW - Housing Advocate II


Holly joined the team in October 2014. She graduated in 2012 from Salisbury University on the eastern shore of Maryland with a Bachelor's of Arts in Social Work. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Social Work degree at California State University, East Bay. In her time off, Holly enjoys traveling, art, cooking, and fighting patriarchy. 

Gustavo Banuelos - Housing Advocate I


Adam Mehis, M.A. - Housing Advocate I


Adam came to AHA from UT-Austin where he was pursuing his PhD in the Department of Education and Cultural Studies. He received his Masters of Arts from the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. When he is not at working as a Housing Advocate focusing on our job training participants, Adam can be found engaging community through social and political projects grounded in race, gender and class.  

Bruno Celis Meza - Lead Barista: AHA Cafe


Bruno has been serving students at AHA Cafe, located on campus at UC Hastings College of Law, since 2013. He recently his certification to become a Covered California enrollment specialist.