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Joel Díaz

Chief Development Officer, AIDS Resource Center Ohio

Joel Díaz serves as the Chief Development Officer for AIDS Resource Center Ohio; a statewide AIDS service organization leading the fight against HIV/AIDS through awareness, advocacy, and care. He served as a former member and Chair-Elect for the Board of Directors of the Columbus AIDS Task Force, is also a former board member of the Hispanic Chamber of Columbus and served as co-chair for Art for Life 2010 and the 2009 Human Rights Campaign Columbus Gala Dinner. He is a former member of Mayor Coleman’s Young Professionals Commission and holds a BSBA from the Ohio State University’s Max M. Fisher College of Business. He is a graduate of the Leadership Columbus Class of 2009 and United Way of Central Ohio’s Pride Leadership Cycle 1 program. In 2008 Joel was designated one of <em>Columbus Alive</em>’s People to Watch and named by Americans for the Arts as an Emerging Arts Leader of Color from the Great Lakes Region, in 2011 Joel was named a Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan by the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission, the youngest person to ever receive this award and was named an intriguing personality in the inaugural edition of <em>Who’s Who in LGBT Columbus</em>. Joel currently serves as a Commissioner for the Columbus Community Relations Commission; he has a passion for social justice and is committed to the fight for human equality.