Chief Executive Officer, MBA
David Brinkman, M.B.A., Chief Executive Officer & President, joined DAP Health in 2006. David has led the organization through a period of unprecedented expansion, increasing the number of people served, diversity and volume of services, number of volunteers and donors, and size of the budget by 500%. Under his leadership, DAP Health established a dental clinic, a permanent supportive housing community, 3 primary care clinics, a wellness center, a behavioral health clinic, a department of Community Health, and a vocational program as well as achieved Federally Qualified Health Center status.
During his tenure, DAP Health was named one of the “Top 20 HIV/AIDS Charities” by About.com, for the high percentage of funding spent on programs vs. overhead, fundraising efforts (raising $100 for every $15 spent), and financial transparency. In addition, Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, awarded DAP Health “four-star status” for 10 consecutive years. This is an achievement reached by only 5% of all nonprofits they rank.
Mr. Brinkman has served the not-for-profit community for over 25 years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Lewis & Clark College and a Master of Business Administration degree, with an emphasis in Ethical Business Management, from Pepperdine University. He is also a Specialist in Planned Giving certified by the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies. He was twice invited by the White House Office on AIDS to present on the work of DAP Health and the success of Get Tested Coachella Valley. Mr. Brinkman services on the Board of Directors of UCR School of Medicine, University of California HIV/AIDS Research Program and is a mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. He also is a prominent voice for community-based organizations, the local LGBTQ community, and a leading advocate at State and Federal levels.