Howard Brown Health CEO David Ernesto Munar Resigns After a Decade in Leadership

David Ernesto Munar, the longtime president and CEO of Howard Brown Health, is stepping down from his role at the LGBTQ+-affirming health organization. His last day will be February 29th, according to a statement from Mike Mazzeo, chair of Howard Brown Health’s board of directors. The board celebrated Munar’s work in expanding and supporting equitable access to affirming care for the Chicago LGBTQ+ community.

Munar is leaving Howard Brown Health amid negotiations with its union, which formed in 2022 and has gone on strike twice, accusing the organization of bad-faith bargaining, including laying off 60 employees without negotiations. While Mazzeo’s announcement did not mention Munar’s relationship with the union, it highlighted accomplishments such as building Howard Brown Health into a $200 million organization and expanding its reach to the South and Northwest sides.

Under Munar’s leadership, Howard Brown Health also became recognized as a Federally Qualified Health Center and led the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic, giving out thousands of vaccines and even more COVID tests. Recent projects have included relocating the Broadway Youth Center to a permanent home, opening a new central health center in Northalsted and transitioning the organization to an electronic health record system.

In his statement announcing his departure, Munar said “It has been an honor to lead an organization that has meant so much to me, my family and the LGBTQ+ community.” He added “I am proud to have played a part in shepherding Howard Brown’s growth to combat stigma, discrimination and health inequities across Chicago.”

The board of directors at Howard Brown Health has already started looking for Munar’s replacement and plans to seek input from internal stakeholders as well as members of the broader community before making any final decisions on who will take over leadership at this important LGBTQ+-affirming health organization.

By Editor

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