The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation Staff are from diverse professional backgrounds. We are responsible for event organizing, donor development, overseeing finances and investments, grant writing and strategic planning.
Ian Morton, Operations Director
Ian began his work in the HIV/AIDS field as a volunteer for AIDS Response Knoxville in 1996, doing prevention outreach to urban communities. This cause has continued to inform his work with San Diego’s Community Prescription Center HIV-specialty pharmacy, Walgreen’s Community Pharmacies and the UC San Diego AIDS Research Institute. Along this journey, he has been thrilled to captain award-winning AIDS Walk teams while creating community resources such as the “HIV University” education initiative and “The Source”, a monthly compendium of HIV/AIDS resources for all of San Diego County.
Ian’s desire to pursue additional LGBTQ work and causes resulted in him co-founding Y.E.S. (Youth Empowerment Synergy) San Diego along with colleague, Hector Martinez, in 2011. This initiative, now housed at the SDHDF, produces a yearly conference for LGBTQ and ally youth and looks to create and empower young community leaders. His position at SDHDF has allowed these joint passions to expand, as he works with the HIV Funding Collaborative and many partner agencies to increase access to HIV-prevention tools, ongoing education and social justice implementation.
In addition to his work with SDHDF, you may have seen him as a (much younger) front desk volunteer at the San Diego LGBT Center in the 1990’s, on the stage as a member of the Gay Men’s Chorus of San Diego, or as a writer for Gay San Diego, authoring “Profiles in Advocacy”, a monthly column that celebrates the individuals and non-profits that strive to create a better world!
Sabrina Johnson, Finance and Office Manager
Sabrina was born and raised in sunny San Diego, and she recently graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Sociology. While at USD she was involved with both of the LGBTQ groups on campus, and she is so excited to continue working with this fabulous community. She was also a part of an organization focused on health and wellness of the student population, and enjoyed putting on campus events centered around these issues.
She also loves being involved in the local community, and over the past few years she has spent time volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, working with kids in Juvenile Hall, and providing childcare at Becky’s House.
Anna Leyrer, Events Coordinator
Anna Leyrer is an event professional with six years of experience in the non-profit community. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego in 2009 and received her certificate in Event Management in 2012. Anna combines her passion for events with her dedication to serve the San Diego community, as an event fundraising specialist. She has worked for organization such as Casa Cornelia, Casa de Amparo and currently with the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. In her free time, Anna enjoys practicing yoga and bike riding.