Dana Van Gorder Departing After Decade of Leadership at Project Inform

The Board of Directors of Project Inform is announcing today the upcoming departure of Dana Van Gorder as Executive Director on June 30, 2018, after successfully leading Project Inform for over 10 years. With the upcoming leadership transition, the Board has appointed David Evans to the position of Interim Executive Director. David has served various leadership and advocacy roles at Project Inform over the course of more than 15 years, most recently as Director of HIV Programs.

Glen Lubbert, President of Project Inform’s Board of Directors said of Dana’s departure, “The Board and staff are deeply indebted to Dana for his thoughtful choices about areas in which the agency could bring unique leadership to the effort to end HIV and hepatitis C, for hard work to sustain the agency during years when funding of HIV and hepatitis C has been volatile, and for perpetuating the great regard that is held for Project Inform in the community.”

As Dana passes along responsibility to sustain and build the organization’s 33-year legacy to David Evans, we reflect on the incredible impact of the organization during Dana’s tenure. During the past 10 years at Project Inform, much has occurred that has and continues to greatly affect the lives of people living with or at risk for HIV or hepatitis C (many people are at risk for or living with both diseases). Dana has played a significant role in many of those advances. Under his leadership and direct efforts, Project Inform worked to ensure that the administration led by President Obama created and implemented an effective national HIV strategy and his efforts were instrumental in the adoption and funding of the Getting to Zero plan in San Francisco, which seeks to achieve zero HIV infections, zero AIDS deaths, and zero stigma by 2020.

Under Dana’s leadership, Project Inform also successfully expanded into advocacy, policy, and education work on prevention and a cure for hepatitis C and ramped up education and advocacy efforts to rapidly expand access to Pre-exposure prophylaxis. His active fundraising allowed us to disseminate tens of thousands of booklets and other educational products on HIV and hepatitis C prevention and treatment. Finally, many of our partners have told us that Project Inform’s early and ongoing efforts were critical to ensuring that people with HIV fully benefited from the expansion of health care services through the Affordable Care Act. Although Dana will formally leave his role with the agency on June 30, he will remain close to the organization during and after its transition, serving in an advisory capacity.

Incoming Interim Executive Director David Evans brings over 25 years of experience leading HIV advocacy, policy and education efforts in San Francisco and New York City.

“David is a perfect choice for this new role,” said Lubbert.  “He is incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of HIV and hepatitis C, highly respected among Project Inform’s many stakeholders, and perfectly capable of leading the strategic planning effort before the agency.  We are fortunate to have him on board at this important time in our history.”

Project Inform will be sustaining its core programmatic activities in the coming 12 months, while undertaking an intensive strategic planning process to evaluate how best to apply the skills and relationships of our programmatic staff to the most pressing health issues affecting people living with or at risk for HIV and hepatitis C. Recently, this has included exploring new work to address the health and well-being of people who use drugs, and the medical and psychosocial challenges faced by older people with HIV.

“What an incredible honor it has been to lead an agency as highly respected as Project Inform,” said Van Gorder. “But then I have had the pleasure of working with an amazing Board and staff, whose many accomplishments make me immensely proud.”

Inquiries regarding the leadership transition at Project Inform can be directed to devans [at] projectinform [dot] org or dvangorder [at] projectinform [dot] org.