Anne Donnelly, the director of health care policy at Project Inform, will be honored today with the Lonnie Payne-Clark Award by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation at the Leadership Recognition Dinner in the Ritz-Carlton, 600 Stockton St. She has worked in the field of HIV-AIDS for 21 years.
What types of work have you done to receive this award? I work mainly in policy work. When treatments were developed for HIV-AIDS, Project Inform switched our focus to ensure that the most vulnerable people could access these. It’s all about making the treatments accessible, affordable, and ensuring the patients have a good quality of life and have the opportunity to have a normal life span.
How does it feel to be honored with the award? I am deeply touched and moved. Lonnie Payne-Clark will present it to me, and I respect and know him to be an amazing leader. I want to emulate that type of leadership.
What are your next steps? I’m not 100 percent certain, but I recently graduated from a master’s organization and development program. The core is about community development and new ways of being in the world. We have to recognize the inherent gift we have in the world, and it’s important to allow people to express those gifts.