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Mark Ishaug
Mark Ishaug assumed the role of President and CEO of AIDS United on February 1, 2011. AIDS United is a national organization that combines national, regional and local policy/advocacy, with strategic grantmaking and organizational capacity building to ensure that people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS have access to the prevention and care services they need and deserve.

Ishaug comes to AIDS United after serving 13 years as President and CEO of AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), where he established is as the Midwest’s largest HIV/AIDS service organization and Illinois’ leading advocate for people with AIDS and the agencies that serve them.

Ishaug joined AFC in 1991 as a policy analyst and worked as policy director and associate director before being appointed President/CEO in August 1998. Under his leadership, the scope and reach of AFC greatly expanded, and its grantmaking, policy, prevention, and service coordination programs serve more people living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS than at any other time in AFC’s history. As AFC president and CEO, Ishaug developed innovative initiatives to confront the HIV/AIDS pandemic, including the Center for Housing and Health and TEAM TO END AIDS, an endurance training and HIV fundraising program that he also is establishing in Washington, D.C. to raise funds for HIV/AIDS prevention and care programs the District of Columbia and around the country.

Prior to joining AFC, Ishaug studied and taught international economics at the University of Zimbabwe in 1987 as a Rotary Foundation Scholar, and in 1989, was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Scholarship from Northwestern University for research on Mozambique. His work in Africa led him in 1990 to Care International-Mozambique, where he monitored emergency relief efforts as the Assistant Director of the Emergency Relief Program. Ishaug has also worked for the Africa-America Institute, the nation’s premier non-governmental organization committed to improving relations between the United States and Africa. In 2002, he accepted the Jonathan Mann Health Human Rights Award on behalf of AFC for its trailblazing work to expand sterile syringe availability in Illinois and reduce HIV transmission caused by injection drug use. He currently serves on the board of directors of Funders Concerned About AIDS, the Old Town School of Folk Music, and World Bicycle Relief. Mark’s interests include gigong, meditation, endurance sports, animals and animal rights, and music.

Ishaug received an M.A. in political science from Northwestern University and a B.A. in government and international studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Blog Entries by Mark Ishaug

'We have the technology...'

Posted December 2, 2011 | 13:04:56 (EST)

"We can re-build him. We have the technology." Remember that classic opening line for the show "The Six Million Dollar Man" from the 1970s? Well, a version of that line is what has been going through my head as we observe this year's World AIDS Day.

"We can end...

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30 Years of HIV/AIDS: How Many More?

Posted June 2, 2011 | 15:24:14 (EST)

This month, we mark the 30th year of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. On June 5, 1981 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published the first mention of what later is determined to be HIV. During the decade that followed, we stood on a precipice...

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HIV Services Face Foreclosure: Will Illinois Leaders Come to the Rescue?

Posted February 22, 2010 | 10:53:00 (EST)

Illinois AIDS advocates expect to have difficult conversations with lawmakers in Springfield this week.

Unless immediate actions are taken to remedy the state's spiraling budget crisis, vital HIV/AIDS services -- along with the state's educational, healthcare, and human service systems assisting millions of vulnerable children, families, disabled, elderly, and...

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High Hopes Await Obama in HIV/AIDS Fight

Posted December 1, 2008 | 10:34:35 (EST)

My Thanksgiving ends each year in a solemn reflection of the dozens of friends I have lost to AIDS and the indelible scar the pandemic has etched across the globe.

Today, on World AIDS Day, I wonder what Ron, Michael, Cecil, Charles, Gigi, Larry, and so many other Chicago AIDS...

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