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Eric Sawyer Joins GMHC as VP of Public Affairs & Policy

Founding Member of ACT UP NY & Housing Works Brings Decades of Experience Advocating for Individuals Affected by HIV/AIDS









February 2, 2017
Contact: Danielle Filson | 646-335-0443 |

New York, NY–GMHC announced today the hiring of Eric Sawyer as Vice President of Public Affairs & Policy. Eric Sawyer has been actively involved in HIV/AIDS issues since 1983 and was a founding member of ACT UP NY, where he was a key strategist in formulating, steering, and representing the group's public and governmental policies. He helped establish three separate committees that focused on AIDS housing, HIV/TB co-infection, and global AIDS issues and played a large role in leading ACT UP's work on issues of equity, access, and social justice.

As a co-founder and board member of Housing Works, Eric Sawyer was involved in organizing, fundraising, and promoting the organization. He also developed the HIV supportive housing model of co-locating an AIDS Day Treatment Program, a diagnostic treatment clinic with independent housing units. Eric helped oversee the construction of the first housing program of this model, the Keith Cylar House on East 9th Street in New York City. In 1999, he joined with Dr. Alan Berkman and other health care activists to start the Health GAP Coalition, which sought to bridge the gap between the access to essential medicines in developed countries and the lack of access in the developing world.

Prior to joining GMHC, Eric served as Civil Society Partnership Advisor at the UNAIDS New York U.N. Headquarters Liaison Office. Eric Sawyer is a founding and current member of the Board of Directors of the New York City AIDS Memorial at St. Vincent's Triangle.

As the Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy, Eric Sawyer will lead GMHC's public affairs and policy analysis, research and advocacy efforts in support of science-based prevention, treatment and care related to HIV/AIDS. He will work on health care access and health disparities, equality for LGBTQIA people, racial and economic justice, gender inequality, and other related issues.

"I'm thrilled that the dedicated and capable Eric Sawyer is joining us at GMHC. The early days of the epidemic taught us that silence equals death.  Eric's deep experience in the community and extensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS policy will help guide his work and ensure our clients' voices and values are heard," said GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie.

"It is an honor to continue my lifelong fight against HIV/AIDS at GMHC--the world's first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy.  With so much political uncertainty for our clients and our community, it is more important than ever that GMHC be a leading voice for reason, compassion, and justice.  Together, we can defend the rights of those affected by HIV/AIDS and finally end the epidemic," said Eric Sawyer.


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