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What's New in the Organization?
Excerpts From Hotline Memos of March 2001
from the Information Department of Project Inform

April 2001

Ellen LaPointe Named Executive Director of Project Inform

Project Inform is pleased to welcome Ellen LaPointe as its new Executive Director. Ellen brings to Project Inform years of expertise in public health and AIDS advocacy, and extensive management and leadership experience. Ms. LaPointe graduated from Brown University in 1989 with a degree in Community Health. She was Coordinator of the Brown University AIDS Program until 1992, at which time she relocated to San Francisco to become Director of Clinical Research and the HIVCare program at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital. She returned to graduate school in 1996, and received her law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, in 1999. Most recently, Ms. LaPointe practiced intellectual property law and general litigation at Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP in San Francisco.

Ms. LaPointe has served on numerous national and local HIV/AIDS-related boards and committees. These include AIDS Legal Referral Panel, the Community Advisory Board of the AIDS Clinical Research Center at the UCSF, the Board of Directors of Healing Alternatives Foundation in San Francisco, and the National Operations Committee and National Executive Committee of Community-Based AIDS Clinical Trials Network sponsored by amfAR.

"It has been nearly twenty years since the first AIDS cases were reported in the US, and the growing impact of HIV and AIDS worldwide is staggering," notes Ms. LaPointe. "Since its inception in 1985, Project Inform has provided inspiration and hope to people living with HIV/AIDS, their healthcare and service providers, and their families and friends. At this important juncture, as we all re-double our efforts, I am honored to join an organization at the forefront of HIV/AIDS treatment information and advocacy."

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