SEATTLE – MAY 5, 2021 – Seattle Counseling Service (SCS), the oldest behavioral health agency in the country to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals, today named Victor Loo (he/him/his) as its new Executive Director. Loo was selected after a national search and follows the retirement of former Executive Director Ann McGettigan who led the agency for 22 years.
Loo is a first-generation immigrant from Singapore and brings expertise in the management of behavioral health services and social determinants of health to the agency.
He most recently worked at Asian Counseling and Referral Service as its Director of Practice Innovation and Interim Director of Recovery Services.
As a gender non-conforming individual, Loo advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion to increase access and reduce disparities for immigrants, refugees, BIPOC, LGBTQ individuals and vulnerable individuals who lack access to quality mental health, substance use disorder, primary care, and social determinants of health services.
“Being both an immigrant and gender-nonconforming individual, I am filled with excitement and pride to join SCS and work together to advocate and elevate diversity, equity, and social justice within our community,” said Loo. “Together, SCS will thrive with hope as we modernize and optimize.”
“We are incredibly enthusiastic to welcome Victor as the next leader at SCS,” said Christopher Welch, board president for SCS. “Victor is a dedicated advocate for underrepresented individuals in the Puget Sound and we look forward to seeing where he leads SCS during this incredibly challenging time.”
Loo also holds many leadership positions across the professional mental health community, including serving as leader or board member of the:
- Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Center for Integrated Health Solutions’ (CIHS) Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program
- National Council for Behavioral Health’s Healthy Youth Leadership Initiative and a member of the King County Integrated Care Network Finance Committee
- HealthierHere King County Governing Board and Executive Committee
- City of Seattle LGBTQ Commission (co-chair)
- Mental illness Drug Dependency Oversight Advisory Committee appointed by King County
- Executive Office to represent culturally specific mental health sector
- Region 10 – Idaho, Oregon and Washington National Network to End Disparities.In his free time, Loo is a certified personal fitness trainer and an androgynous model, who has been on multiple magazines’ covers. He uses #FashionIntegration on social media as a platform to integrate his two passions into one, fashion and healthcare.Loo takes over leadership of SCS as the demands for high-quality behavioral health care continues to grow for local community. On average, during the pandemic, SCS has served over 1,000 clients each month. The rise of telehealth and the new SCS office location in downtown Seattle will allow SCS to continue to meet demand, while also meeting community where they want to have services.