Chris AlbertsDear ASA Friends and Supporters,

I want to begin by telling you how excited I am to be joining the wonderful and dedicated team at AIDS Services of Austin. Over the past 28 years, ASA has established itself as an invaluable and trusted partner in Austin.

ASA’s central mission is to enhance the health and well-being of the community and people affected by HIV and AIDS. The organization’s broader impact on the overall health and wellness of the Austin community continues to grow because of the tireless work of a spirited staff, dedicated board members, and passionate volunteers. I want to thank them all for the opportunity to join such a tremendous team.

My goal as ASA’s Director of Development is to know each and every one of our stakeholders, to understand why you donate, volunteer in at our food bank, and host tables at our Women’s Giving Circle Luncheon. I realize it may be an ambitious goal to get to know all of our wonderful supporters. But this is an ambitious organization and our work is only possible because you invest in our mission and programs. As I get to know you, I’d like for you to know a bit about me. I’m a born-and-raised Austinite who has spent his career working with nonprofits that help protect and improve the community that I love. After graduating from Westlake High School I attended the University of North Texas where my passion for working in the world of nonprofits was stoked by an internship with Big Brothers Big Sisters. I’m an avid runner and cyclist, passionate but mediocre (at best) gardener, husband to my beautiful and wonderful wife Kcie (that wasn’t a typo on her name) and owner of two dogs, a cat, and three egg laying backyard hens.

I have been blessed to spend my career working with dedicated community volunteers, passionate donors, and innovative and celebrated nonprofits whose missions ranged from providing long-term affordable housing (Foundation Communities) to ensuring access to affordable healthcare (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians). I could not be more excited to have that road lead me to ASA. As the Director of Development, I will be the guy asking you for money, but it will always be my priority to ensure that you feel connected, engaged, and committed to the work of ASA first and foremost.

ASA has achieved so much over the last three decades, and I’m so excited for the opportunities that still lie ahead. I am proud to work for an organization and community whose core values include Diversity, Integrity, and Respect. With your help, we will continue to move toward a united, stigma-free community committed to healthier lives for those affected by HIV and AIDS. I am truly honored to be part of such an amazing place. Now let’s get to work creating a healthier Austin!

Sincerely,

Christopher Alberts