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 organization2015-04-25, 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.

Brandon Castronova, LCSW - Clinical Supervisor

Brandon received his Masters of Social Work from New York University and has spent the last 8 years in direct services primarily serving unhoused people and those with psychiatric disabilities. Brandon provides clinical supervision to our direct services staff, is responsible for the member experience in our clinic, and helps develop the clinical practices for our efforts.

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.


Brittany Hendrix-Smith, Esq - Housing Advocate III


Brittany received her juris doctor from Chapmen University School of Law, where she was awarded for her Commitment in the Public Interest, and was a member of the Public Interest Law Foundation and the Constitutional Law Society. Prior to AHA, Brittany was an intern at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Office of the Executive, where she focused on Prison Litigation. At the Prison Education Project, she developed the curriculum for the first college-level human rights course for inmate.

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.

Gustavo Banuelos - Bilingual Housing Advocate I


The son of immigrants from Central America, Gustavo was born and raised in Los Angeles where he participated in programs designed for homeless LGBT youth. He moved to San Francisco in search of a better life, and found it at AHA. Starting in our cafe, Gustavo was promoted to his current role where he provides Housing Advocacy services, with a focus on Spanish speakers. He's proud to be able to share his knowledge and experience to help others to achieve housing stability.

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 achieved his certification to become a Covered California enrollment specialist.