Carolyn Klaus – Executive Director
Carolyn Klaus, M.D., is a board certified internist who became skilled in care of AIDS patients in a Philadelphia inner city clinic she founded. Her book, Prescription for Hope, chronicles the unlikely beginning of Esperanza Health Center, which 31 years later still flourishes. With mentoring from an international agency, she also learned to do community development in that needy neighborhood. She has used this experience in seven countries, teaching and consulting for medical schools, colleges and universities, churches, and community-based organizations on four continents.
Since 2005 she has focused on Ethiopia, where she began facilitating AIDS work in national coalitions and grassroots groups alike. Recently she has focused on empowering endogenous organizations to achieve their own agendas for development. Off duty, she enjoys hiking, rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles, listening to George Gershwin, and crocheting.