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Exciting Changes on the TAG Team

September 4, 2018
I’m very proud today to announce the hiring and promotion of nine outstanding individuals who will be taking on greater responsibilities with potential for significant impact in TAG’s TB, HCV, HIV, policy, and development work.

Erica Lessem – previously the Deputy Executive Director, TB Project – has been promoted to Deputy Executive Director for Programs. In this new role, Erica will oversee all of TAG’s program work across TAG’s TB, HIV, and HCV projects. Erica will work closely with project directors, with me, and with the Board of Directors to advance TAG’s strategic execution of our mission to ensure that all people with HIV, TB, or HCV receive lifesaving treatment, care, and information.

Jean Dorak joined TAG in July as our first Development Manager. Jean will help ensure robust support for TAG’s critical work. Jean is described a “people-loving professional,” and has a strong dedication to the queer community, policy, and social justice. You can read more about Jean’s background here.

Lindsay McKenna and Mike Frick have been promoted to TB Project Co-Directors, in recognition of their excellent accomplishments on the TB Project for the past five-plus years. They will lead and coordinate TAG’s work with partners around the world, the country, the state, and the city to strengthen community-driven advocacy for TB and TB/HIV research, and high-quality TB programs and policies.

Safiqa Khimani, who has worked at TAG as a consultant for the past year, is joining the team formally as TB Project Program Officer. We’re excited to have her as a full-time member of the TAG team, and you can find out more about her in her bio.

Jeremiah Johnson, who has been effectively and passionately leading TAG’s HIV prevention and community engagement efforts since 2013, is becoming HIV Project Director. In his new role, Jeremiah will work with Richard Jefferys, TAG’s brilliant Basic Science, Vaccines, and Cure Project Director, and with Annette Gaudino.

Annette Gaudino has become HIV/HCV Project Co-Director. Annette will focus her fierce activism on both the HIV and HCV epidemics, with a focus on ending the epidemics in New York State.

Bryn Gay has become HCV Project Director, and will continue her dynamic and dedicated leadership of TAG’s HCV advocacy work towards ending the HCV pandemic.

Suraj Madoori continues to skillfully direct TAG’s policy efforts as TAG’s U.S. and Global Health Policy Director, and will soon be joined by a new Government Relations and Policy Officer.

Please join us in congratulating these outstanding activists on their new positions and responsibilities. We’re proud of all of TAG’s program and development staff and excited for them to be moving into positions of greater responsibility and impact.

Yours in our common work to end the HIV, HCV, and TB pandemics,

Mark Harrington

Executive Director