Terry Cunningham

Terry Cunningham

Expertise: Program and Process Evaluation

Terry Cunningham has been involved in creating and monitoring nonprofit organizations for the past 30 years. He has expertise in strategic planning, board and staff development, program creation and development, and program evaluation. His focus has been in HIV/AIDS care, treatment and prevention. His role has ranged from a volunteer on the AIDS Hot Line to director of the AIDS Assistance fund and founder of the Ciaccio Memorial Clinic, which remains the largest community provider of HIV services in the County of San Diego.

His most recent position, until retirement this year after 15 years, was as the Chief of the HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch of Public Health Services for the County of San Diego. This position placed him in charge of a staff of 60 and a combined budget of $24 million in Ryan White CARE Act, CDC, AIDS Drug Assistance Program and State HIV Prevention funds. This Branch maintains 50 contracts with 25 community organizations making it one of the largest units in County Public Health Services.

Mr. Cunningham has been honored with Humanitarian of the Year Award, the highest award given by the LGBT Center in San Diego. He has provided technical assistance regarding HIV/AIDS and program management in the People’s Republic of China, the former Soviet Union, Zambia and Ethiopia.

Mr. Cunningham served as the chairman of the 18th Annual United States Conference on AIDS, held in San Diego at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, October 2 – 5, 2014. Mr. Cunningham and his colleagues won the Truax Award for Outstanding Service in HIV Planning and the conference is now considered the benchmark for futures USCA Conferences by the Director of the National Minority AIDS Council.

He holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix and a BA in English from Kent State.