AIDS United Board of Trustees Names Michael Kaplan as President and CEO

WASHINGTON, D.C. September 20, 2012 – The Board of Trustees of AIDS United has named 20-year HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ community leader Michael Kaplan as President and CEO.  Kaplan will take the helm of the organization full-time effective December 1st, 2012 but will begin working with staff on a part-time basis in mid-October.

Kaplan comes to AIDS United from Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) in Portland, Oregon, where he has served as Executive Director since September, 2008. During his tenure at CAP, Kaplan substantially increased the organization’s financial resources and solidified its financial position; broadened Board diversity and expanded its membership; and orchestrated a re‐organization that streamlined expenditures while expanding program services and improving fund‐raising results.  Under Kaplan’s leadership, CAP was rated for the first time as one of the ten most admired non‐profits in Oregon in 2009 by over 1,000 CEOs, and was selected as one of the best 100 non‐profits to work for in Oregon in 2010 & 2011.

“We are truly excited about the incredible opportunity and potential that Michael Kaplan’s leadership will bring to AIDS United,” said Douglas M. Brooks, chair of AIDS United’s Board of Trustees.  “Not only does he bring more than 20 years of experience in non-profit leadership and management, fundraising and development, grantmaking and capacity-building, and policy and advocacy, but Michael’s enthusiasm for the position, as well as his insights for enhancing AU's capacity and ability to achieve its mission, make him a clear and decisive choice for President and CEO as the organization moves into its third year and this critical election season.”

“More than 30 years into this epidemic, 20 years of living with HIV, I’m hugely excited for this new opportunity,” said Kaplan.  “As the successes of early treatment towards prevention merge with health care reform across the U.S., the light at the end of the tunnel is only getting brighter.  I truly believe I’ll see the end of this epidemic in my lifetime and can’t imagine a better place to be in these coming years than AIDS United.  The opportunity at AIDS United to leverage grant making with policy and technical assistance to end the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. is unparalleled and I’m honored to be able to have a role in that."

About AIDS United

Born out of the merger of the National AIDS Fund and AIDS Action in late 2010, AIDS United’s mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States.  AIDS United combines  strategic grantmaking and capacity-building with national advocacy and regional organizing to ensure access to life-saving HIV/AIDS care and prevention services and to advance sound HIV/AIDS related policy for U.S. populations and communities most impacted by the epidemic. With a budget of over $15 million, AIDS United provided more than $7 million in grants last year supporting more than 400 AIDS organizations across the United States.

To schedule an interview with Mr. Kaplan, please contact Rob Banaszak at 202-408-4848, ext. 214 (office) or 202-340-7099 (mobile).