WASHINGTON, D.C.—Jim Jennings, who left his position as head of the health and pharmaceutical practice at Hill & Knowlton two years ago to become head of communications, marketing and development for America’s Promise, has been named chief operating officer of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, a leading worldwide NGO focused on HIV and AIDS among children.
Jennings spent 28 years with H&K before leaving shortly after September 11 to work with America’s Promise, the youth organization founded in 1997 by Colin Powell. His move to the Pediatric AIDS Foundation marks a “return to the front lines” of the war on HIV and AIDS. Jennings lost his first partner and several friends to AIDS and founded an AIDS specialty practice—the first in the industry—while at H&K.
Jennings previously assisted the Foundation when it established the Glaser Pediatric Research Network, a network of medical institutions designed to ensure better treatments for children facing life-threatening diseases. He also helped the Whitman-Walker Clinic create the nation’s first comprehensive HIV day care center, and he is an advisory board member at the Baltimore- based Institute of Human Virology.
The Pediatric AIDS Foundation identifies, funds and conducts pediatric research to find better treatments and prevention of HIV infection in infants and children. It also takes a leadership role in establishing a national pediatric research agenda, as well as promoting global education, awareness and compassion about HIV/AIDS in children.