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AIDS Project Los Angeles Elects Seven Community Leaders to Board of Directors
By Sentinel Staff Writer
Published November 1, 2007

New Members Include a Mayor, Judge, Clinic Director and Entertainment Executives

AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) recently announced the election of seven new members to its board of directors, drawn from the political, medical and legal communities. Elected on October 23, the directors join the 24-member board that oversees the agency’s local, national and global programs, which include direct services for people with HIV/AIDS, prevention education for hard hit populations and advocacy work domestically and abroad.

“Seven exceptional leaders join us as board members this week,” said Craig E. Thompson, executive director of APLA. “Each is someone who has demonstrated support for our work in the past, and each will help determine our course for the future. We are confident that their skills, knowledge and ties to their communities will be great assets for this organization, as we approach our twenty-fifth year of operation.”

Carl Baker—Baker is vice president of legal and business affairs at Inferno Distribution, LLC, an independent motion picture production and distribution company in Beverly Hills. His 20 years in the entertainment industry include positions at Viacom, Fox and Disney. Baker has also been active with the American Bar Association, serving as chair of the Law Student Division and an executive board member of the Young Lawyers Division. He is also a former member of the board of directors for the American Judicature Society. A volunteer with Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles and Covenant House, Baker once served as a missionary in Cuzco, Peru.

Hon. John J. Duran—Mayor Duran was elected to the West Hollywood City Council in 2001. A lawyer in private practice, he successfully sued Los Angeles County for denying medication to inmates with HIV/AIDS and served as legal counsel for ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) in the late 1980s. Duran is a founding board member of Access Now for Gay and Lesbian Equality (ANGLE) and currently serves as president of the board of directors of Equality California (EQCA). He is a past board member of the ACLU, Lambda Legal Defense and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. As mayor of West Hollywood, Duran has focused on alcohol and drug recovery in the community, securing the site for the West Hollywood Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center and launching a series of town hall meetings on crystal meth that have served as a model for other impacted communities. Mayor Duran is one of four HIV-positive elected officials in the United States.

Joel Flatow—Flatow is general manager, west coast operations and senior vice president, artist and industry relations, for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the trade association that represents the major U.S. recording companies. Appointed to his position in 2001, Flatow is the lead contact for all RIAA functions and operations on the west coast. He created the RIAA’s first artist relations program, and has worked closely with virtually every part of the music community in national campaigns to foster greater protection and respect for music online. Flatow has produced events with artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, Alicia Keys, Kid Rock, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cassandra Wilson, Peter Cincotti, Leann Womack and Chaka Khan. A graduate of Yale University, he performed for ten seasons as a tenor with The Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center. Flatow is a member of the board of directors and executive committee of MTV’s Rock the Vote, and serves on the board of governors of Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services (G.L.A.S.S.)

Rodney Gould—Gould is executive vice president of marketing compliance for Countrywide Financial Corporation. A licensed attorney, he worked for the federal government and MCI in Washington, DC before joining Countrywide. Gould’s longtime commitment to the fight against AIDS includes service on the board of the Richmond-Ermet AIDS Foundation of San Francisco and as a producer of the Los Angeles-based Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E), the world’s longest continuously running AIDS benefit. Gould serves on the board of trustees for the First Christian Church of North Hollywood and on the board of trustees of the Disciples Seminary Foundation of Claremont, California.

Dr. Wilbert C. Jordan—Dr. Jordan, M.D., M.P.H., is the medical director of the OASIS Clinic of King/Drew Medical Center. He reported the first heterosexual case of HIV in Los Angeles County, and has since seen and treated more than 3,000 patients. Dr. Jordan has served on the Los Angeles County HIV Planning Council and the Prevention and Planning Committee since they were formed, and has also been the medical director for the Minority AIDS Project since its inception. Chair of the Black Los Angeles AIDS Consortium for the past 12 years, Dr. Jordan is also a member of the board of directors of the AIDS Research Alliance. His areas of research have included: genotyping to confirm drug resistance to anti-retroviral therapy; comparing the anti-retroviral activity and tolerability of different treatment regimens; and focused interventions for identifying new HIV-positive clients through active patients.

Hon. Luis A. Lavin—Judge Lavin was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2001 by Governor Gray Davis. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was director of enforcement and general counsel for the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, where he was responsible for investigating and prosecuting violations of the city’s government ethics, conflicts of interests, campaign finance and lobbying laws. Other experience includes serving as a senior trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, and as associate general counsel for the Directors Guild of America. Judge Lavin earned a bachelor of science degree from Cornell University and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School.

Ron Valdez—Valdez is an art dealer with Hamilton-Selway Fine Art in West Hollywood, the largest-stocking Andy Warhol dealer in the western United States. Recognized as one of the country’s foremost Warhol authorities, Valdez has also handled Joan Miró, Rufino Tamayo, Roberto Matta, Pablo Picasso and many other iconic twentieth century artists. Valdez is active in civic circles, serving as the president of the board of directors of West Hollywood’s Avenues of Art and Design Business Improvement District and as a board member of the Trevor Project.

AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct services, prevention education and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. Founded by four friends in 1982, APLA is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach. For more information, visit

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