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Letter from the President

This has been an extraordinary 108th year for Breathe California Golden Gate. I am honored and privileged to have completed my first year as the new CEO with the support of an amazing team of dedicated and inspirational staff, volunteers and lung health experts.

I first joined the Breathe California Board of Directors in 2008 because it was clear to me that Breathe California makes a direct, positive impact in our most vulnerable communities. Having dedicated my career to public health, I was inspired by how Breathe California has put public health theory into practice for over a century. And as a child of parents who smoked for decades and the niece of two uncles who suffered from COPD and lung cancer, I look forward to a world free of lung disease.

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Being at the helm this past year has been a transformative experience for me, and it’s been an exceptional year for Breathe California. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • We introduced new programs to the Bay Area, such as our O24u™ Environmental Health program, and we are working in new communities, such as the City of Richmond.
  • We are continuing to prioritize services in our most vulnerable neighborhoods.
  • We relocated our office to San Francisco after 20 years in Daly City. Having been founded here in 1908, San Francisco is our ancestral home. Our office is now easier to access and allows us to reduce our carbon footprint and become a more sustainable organization.

From the bottom of my lungs I would like to thank our volunteers, interns, donors, Board members and incredible staff for making this year memorable and impactful. On the pages that follow, I am thrilled to share more of the highlights and reflections on the last fiscal year. I hope you find it informative and useful.

With this Year in Review I am excited to announce the launch of Breathe California’s 2016–17 Campaign to Breathe Free, our most ambitious fundraising campaign yet. There is no doubt we are making progress toward eliminating lung disease but we still have a long way to go. Until then, there’s Breathe California. Until then, you can help create a safer and healthier Bay Area community.
I invite you to come by and visit our new office in downtown San Francisco, visit one of our programs, or give me a call to talk about the impact we are making and how you can make a difference.

With gratitude,

Tanya Stevenson, EdD, MPH
President & CEO

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Download our 2015-2016 State of the Agency Brochure
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