23 Apr 2018
23 April 2018
Dear Partners and Allies,
It is with sadness and gratitude that the Board of the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) announces Dr. Laurel Sprague’s departure as Executive Director, effective 18 May 2018.
During her tenure at GNP+, Laurel was instrumental in connecting and elevating the voices and experiences of people living with HIV around the world. Some of her most notable organizational accomplishments include spearheading the development of GNP+’s new organizational strategic plan – to be launched at AIDS 2018 – and overseeing the recruitment of two prominent human rights and treatment access activists from the EECA and East Asian regions.
Says Dr. Sprague, “I want to thank the GNP+ Board for having provided me with this opportunity to serve our communities. While in this position, I have felt deeply welcomed and supported by networks of people living with HIV, positive women, and young people living with HIV, who have trusted me with their stories, their needs, and their priorities. I hope I have used every opportunity well to amplify their voices and to advocate for the priorities they raised. Similarly, the key population networks of gay men, people who use drugs, sex workers, and transgender people, have been true allies, providing constant sources of encouragement and models of courage in advocacy. GNP+ and all of these networks and individuals have my enduring gratitude and friendship.”
We cannot thank Laurel enough for her dedication, passion and enthusiasm for GNP+ and we look forward to working with her in the next exciting chapter of her career. Over the next couple of months the GNP+ Secretariat will be working in tandem with our Board of Directors on our full and robust line-up of activities leading up to and during AIDS 2018. We thank you for your support and look forward to our ongoing collaboration.
If you have any questions during this transition process, please do not hesitate to contact Board Chair, Javier Hourcade Bellocq at Javier.firstname.lastname@example.org or Senior Communications and Advocacy Officer, Coco Jervis at CJervis@gnpplus.net.
Javier Hourcade Bellocq
GNP+ Board Chair