FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 24, 2020
CONTACT: Helen Parshall
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WASHINGTON — AIDS United is pleased to announce recent staffing changes as we look to the work ahead in 2020 and beyond in the fight to end the HIV epidemic in the United States.
“For AIDS United, 2019 was a critical year in the fight to end the HIV epidemic in this country,” said AIDS United CEO Jesse Milan Jr. “We look to build on our work this year by enhancing and expanding our impact. From grant-making and capacity-building to advocacy and policy, our focus has always been about collaboration and community. We’re excited for a strong 2020 on behalf of our members, grantees, advocates and community — and I’m proud to announce that Carl Baloney Jr., Warren Gill and Helen Parshall will be key leaders in our work ahead.”
Carl Baloney Jr. — Vice President for Policy and Advocacy
Carl Baloney Jr. has taken on the role as vice president for policy and advocacy for AIDS United. As a longtime member of the AIDS United policy team — previously serving as director of government affairs — and tireless advocate for vulnerable populations, Baloney brings strong relationships across the federal sector and an expertise in developing innovative policy solutions that benefit disenfranchised communities. Additionally, Baloney has spent the past three years planning and managing AIDSWatch, the nation’s largest domestic HIV advocacy event. Before AIDS United, Baloney served as a senior legislative adviser to Louisiana Rep. Charlie Melançon. He was also a senior member of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s legislative affairs team, where he worked to advance the reproductive health and rights of women and families in the United States. Baloney attended the University of Richmond where he earned a degree in political science and international relations.
Warren Gill, M.DIV., M.A. — Director of Communications
In the coming days, Warren Gill will begin as the new director of communications for AIDS United. Throughout his career, Gill’s mission has focused on helping justice-seeking people, candidates and organizations speak from a place of their values to affect social change. Most recently, Gill served as director of communications and digital strategy at the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church, and before that was a regional press secretary on the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign. He worked previously as communications manager at the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice where he addressed women’s right to choose and their access to HIV and STD prevention. Gill holds a master’s degree in political communications from the American University in Washington, D.C, as well as a Master of Divinity from the seminary at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. He is an expert in digital and social media and brings academic expertise in cognitive linguistics. His thesis was a strategic plan to build the progressive worldview in millennials through the lens of income inequality.
Helen Parshall, M.S.J. — Communications Manager
Helen Parshall serves as the communications manager for AIDS United. She is an avid writer and passionate social justice advocate, who uses digital media to bring visibility to marginalized communities. Before joining the team at AIDS United, Parshall spent five and a half years at the Human Rights Campaign, working on issues at the nexus of racial justice, transgender justice and bisexual visibility within the broader LGBTQ movement. From covering stories about the broken criminal justice system in Baltimore City, Maryland, to rebuilding homes for LGBTQ elders in Puerto Rico, Parshall has always been driven by a desire to uplift others in the hopes of creating a better, more just world. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, holding a Master of Science in journalism with a focus in multiplatform journalism.
“I’m excited that Carl is the first of the next generation of leaders joining the executive ranks at AIDS United, and we’re looking forward to Helen and Warren bringing their wide social justice experiences to our fight against HIV,” added Milan.
AIDS United’s mission is to end the HIV epidemic in the U.S. through strategic grant-making, capacity building and policy. AIDS United works to ensure access to life-saving HIV care and prevention services and to advance sound HIV-related policy for U.S. populations and communities most impacted by the epidemic. To date, our strategic grant-making initiatives have directly funded more than $104 million to local communities and have leveraged more than $117 million in additional investments for programs that include, but are not limited to HIV prevention, access to care, capacity building, harm reduction and advocacy. Learn more at aidsunited.org.