Chuck Lobosco holds a Bachelors degree from Marist College and a Masters degree from the College of Saint Rose. He first began work on behalf of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in 1985 as the director of a New York State (NYS) information and referral system that responded to human rights and discrimination complaints from persons with disabilities. He has worked for the NYS Department of Health, AIDS Institute, since 1988 and has developed and presented health education and training programs, developed proposals for public and private partnerships utilizing public funds as matching grants to encourage corporate and foundation support for HIV prevention initiatives, helped develop Medicaid Community Based Case Management programs, managed HIV Case Management Training programs and worked closely with Ryan White, HIV Care Networks.
Chuck’s work on developing employment programs for PLWHA began in 1999 when he helped the NYS Department of Labor (DOL) create an HIV Welfare to Work project. Since 2007, he has worked closely with the National Working Positive Coalition (NWPC) and Penn State University on expanding data collection in NYS for the NWPC Survey of Vocational/Employment Needs of PLWHA, developing workshops and conference institutes advice on NWPC's policy and advocacy work. He has also developed a pilot project between the AIDS Institute, the New York State DOL and the State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career & Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation. Most recently, Chuck helped develop a three year, $1.34 Million dollar project funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development/Housing Programs for People with AIDS, Special Project of National Significance that integrates housing and vocational/employment services.