WASHINGTON, D.C.—Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Friends) is pleased to welcome a new member to its Board of Directors: Nicole Sexton, President and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). Sexton brings diverse experience in non-profit management and resource development within the U.S. and abroad, including prior roles as Chief of Staff of the Central Park Conservancy and the Executive Outreach Director at ONE.

“It is an honor to welcome Nicole to the Board of Directors,” said Chris Collins, President of Friends. “She brings an impressive background in both advocacy and philanthropy, and we very much look forward to working with her as Friends continues making the case for U.S. investment in the Global Fund.”

Sexton’s leadership experience and commitment to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases are welcome assets as Friends prepares for the Global Fund’s sixth Replenishment in October.

“I am delighted to join the Friends Board,” Sexton said. “I look forward to the opportunity to use my advocacy experience and network to help secure critical U.S. investments in the Global Fund. I am deeply passionate about bringing an end to AIDS, TB and malaria and I look forward to working with the Friends team on a strong Global Fund replenishment this year.”

As the President and CEO of EIF, Sexton leads day-to-day operations, stewards strategic projects and manages key relationships between Hollywood philanthropists and high-impact charities. Prior to joining EIF, Sexton served as Chief of Staff of the Central Park Conservancy, where she was responsible for the development and stewardship of strategic projects. Under her leadership, the Conservancy implemented many corporate initiatives focused on organizational restructuring and long-term planning. In 2010 Sexton also helped to establish the FEED Foundation as its first Executive Officer.

Today she remains on the FEED Foundation Board and also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Eastern Congo Initiative.

“As we head into the sixth Replenishment cycle for the Global Fund, it has never been more important to advocate for strong U.S. support and leadership in the fight against these three deadly epidemics,” said Jonathan Klein, Board Chair of Friends. “I am thrilled to welcome Nicole to the Friends team and look forward to her contributions to help make the end of these epidemics a reality.”

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About Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria advocates for U.S. support of the Global Fund, and the goal to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. For more information about Friends of the Global Fight, visit www.theglobalfight.org.

About the Global Fund: The Global Fund is a 21st-century partnership organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. Founded in 2002, the Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases. The Global Fund raises and invests nearly $4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need. Working together, we have saved 27 million lives and provided prevention, treatment and care services to hundreds of millions of people, helping to revitalize entire communities, strengthen local health systems and improve economies. Learn more at https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/overview.

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