FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: August 5, 2021
Lee Storrow Announces Transition from the North Carolina AIDS Action Network
Raleigh – After seven years at the helm of the organization, the North Carolina AIDS Action Network executive director, Lee Storrow, announced today that he will be transitioning out of his current role at the North Carolina AIDS Action Network and has taken a new role with Community Education Group (CEG). His last day at the North Carolina AIDS Action Network will be August 20th. “It’s been such an honor to serve as executive director of the North Carolina AIDS Action Network,” says Storrow. “I’m excited about my new job, but will certainly miss the phenomenal staff team, board, and dedicated group of volunteers at NCAAN.” At CEG, Storrow will serve as regional and national policy director, where he will lead policy efforts on the impact of HIV & hepatitis in rural America.
Under Storrow’s leadership, the organization has successfully tackled significant policy challenges in North Carolina. Storrow led campaigns that increased access to health insurance for individuals on the NC HIV Medication Assistance Program, modernized North Carolina’s HIV criminal law, and secured more than $1 million in new funding for the NC Department of Health and Human Services for hepatitis testing and linkage to the cure. The organization also grew significantly, and Storrow cultivated a major matching gift from the Elton John AIDS Foundation to establish NCAAN’s endowment.
“Lee is an advocate’s advocate – he listens well, speaks persuasively, and recruits constantly. Lee understands that policy work is a marathon, not a sprint and that having partners from many sectors is vital – we will miss his leadership,” says Sandra Boren, vice president and senior program officer at Cone Health Foundation.
“Lee transformed NCAAN over the last seven years into a powerful organization that made significant policy changes in North Carolina and across the region,” says Veleria Levy, vice chair of the North Carolina AIDS Action Network board of directors. “He’s significantly grown our budget, and the founding of our endowment at the NC Community Foundation is the kind of forward thinking Lee constantly displayed that will leave a legacy and mark for years to come.
Janeen Gingrich, an experienced North Carolina nonprofit professional, will serve as interim executive director while the board leads a national, competitive search for the next executive director.
The North Carolina AIDS Action Network improves the lives of people living with HIV & hepatitis and affected communities through outreach and public education, policy advocacy and community-building to increase visibility and mutual support of people living with HIV & hepatitis throughout the state of North Carolina.