Maitri announces Michael Sorensen as its new Executive Director

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November 28, 2016
Maitri announces Michael Sorensen as its new Executive Director

San Francisco’s Maitri Compassionate Care has announced the appointment of Michael Sorensen as its new executive director. He replaces Michael Smithwick, who announced his retirement on August 5, 2016, which led to Maitri’s Board of Directors launching a nationwide search led by board member Jill Stockwell.

Michael Sorensen, MPA, has most recently served as the executive director of health centers at the National University of National Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

He oversaw the business and community affairs of its 20 academic health centers, which offer integrative primary care and classical Chinese medicine. He has a Masters in Public Administration from Portland State University’s Hatfield School of Government and received a bachelor’s degree in business, psychology and communications from Marylhurst University in Oregon.

During his career, Sorensen has provided a range of services to many organizations, including as Director of Development & Communications at the Cascade AIDS Project and helping the Coalition of Community Health Clinics expand healthcare safety-net services. He has raised more than $20 million in the last decade for the Native American Rehabilitation Association, Native American Youth and Family Center, and most recently for Cascade AIDS Project, among others.

“We are delighted to welcome Michael Sorensen to Maitri,” said Stockwell, “His background in health services and fundraising will ensure a seamless transition. We look forward to working with him to carry out the organization’s strategic vision.

” Sorensen will officially begin work on December 19, but all are invited to meet him at Maitri’s Open House on Saturday, December 17 from 2-5 PM.

“We would like to thank Michael Smithwick for reversing a serious operating deficit and for raising funds to improve our facility and pay workers equitably,” said Maitri Board President Michael Niemeyer. “We are thrilled to have found a seasoned executive director who can maintain the soundness of the operation.”

About Maitri:

In 1987, a Zen monk named Issan Dorsey opened the Hartford Street Zen Center to care for a student dying of AIDS, establishing the beginnings of Maitri. Ten years later, Maitri moved into a 15-bed facility with a home-like setting designed to accommodate the special needs of people living with HIV/AIDS who required hospice care. Today, Maitri is a non-sectarian facility that continues to provide 24-hour care to very low income men and women with advanced AIDS needing hospice or short-term medical stabilization. Maitri has served more than 1,200 residents since opening its doors in 1987, most of whom experienced Maitri as their final home.

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