New leadership at Black AIDS Institute

GLENN TOWNES Special to the AmNews | 1/10/2013, 5:01 p.m.
A cadre of new leadership will usher in the new year at the Black AIDS...
New leadership at Black AIDS Institute

A cadre of new leadership will usher in the new year at the Black AIDS Institute (BAI). Last month, the California-based think tank announced a new general board of directors to assist long-time President and CEO Phill Wilson with the organization's ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS.

The new chairman of the BAI board is Neil Lowe, Ph.D, a partner at a New York-based financial services firm. Lowe will work in tandem with Wilson and other board members and staff in continuing to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS across the country. Additionally, the organization will implement a variety of new initiatives under the umbrella of President Barack Obama's highly touted Affordable Care Act.

Both Lowe and Wilson contend that retooling the BAI for a revolving response to the AIDS epidemic in a post-health care reform world is tantamount to eradicating the virus. Wilson added that biomedical interventions will continue to play a key role in the fight against HIV/AIDS and lauded Lowe for being an advocate.

"We are at a deciding moment in the trajectory of the AIDS epidemic in Black America," Wilson said. "Dr. Lowe brings an extensive background and deep relationships with the LGBT community--he is the right leader at the right time."

The Black AIDS Institute is the nation's only HIV/AIDS think tank and advocacy group devoted to African-Americans. Other board members include Grazell Howard, Edwin Sanders II, Lauren Hall, Jesse Milan Jr., Angela Bronner-Helm and Chris Cathcart. Please visit BAI online at