CHICAGO — TPAN announced on Tuesday that Christopher Clark had been hired as chief executive officer. He’ll start April 30.
TPAN is a social service agency for those living with HIV in the Chicago area. Clark joins TPAN following more than a decade of service at Lambda Legal. Since 2016, Clark has served as Lambda Legal’s Midwest Regional Director, responsible for the management of the Chicago office and the coordination of fundraising and public policy strategies in a 10-state Midwest region. Prior to assuming that senior management position, Clark served as senior attorney and the organization’s strategist for its work on behalf of students.
“Christopher Clark brings to TPAN a wealth of leadership and management experience as an advocate for people living with HIV,” said TPAN’s board president, Michael Murphy, in a press release. “The Board of Directors is thrilled that he is joining our team.”
According to the press release, Clark litigated cases across the country on behalf of LGBT people and those affected with HIV while at Lambda Legal. During his career, he brought appeals before five different state supreme courts. In one notable case, he argued before the Iowa Supreme Court on behalf of an HIV-positive man unjustly convicted under the state’s HIV criminalization law. Clark and Lambda Legal convinced the court to overturn the conviction.
In his management position, Clark developed a national pro bono project designed to develop relationships with law firms and attorneys across the country. He also coordinated the Chicago and Midwest fundraising efforts including high-profile ticketed events, individual and corporate solicitations and foundation grant proposals.
“TPAN provides critical education, testing, counseling, and case management to those affected by HIV who might not otherwise receive these lifesaving services,” Clark said. “I am excited and honored to become a part of the passionate and dedicated staff.”