Log Cabin National Board Member Appointed to the President's HIV/AIDS Council

Troy Benavidez Brings Extensive Experience to PACHA

March 16, 2006 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Blogger Tumblr

(Washington, DC) – President Bush has appointed Log Cabin National Board Member Troy Benavidez to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS (PACHA). "Log Cabin congratulates Troy on this well deserved appointment," said Log Cabin President Patrick Guerriero. "Troy will be a valuable member of PACHA. His voice as a Latino gay conservative will provide important guidance for the Council."

"I'm honored to be appointed to PACHA," said Benavidez. "Much work still must be done to get this epidemic under control and to provide assistance for the hundreds of thousands of Americans living with HIV/AIDS. I'm proud to be a part of this effort and I thank the President for selecting me to serve on the Council."

Benavidez has valuable experience that makes him uniquely qualified to serve on the Council. He has served on the boards of both New Mexico AIDS Services and the Samaritan Counseling Center, a faith-based counseling center in New Mexico. In addition, he brings to PACHA 13 years of experience working in government at the state and federal level.

Benavidez currently serves as director of national and state alliances for AstraZeneca, the international pharmaceutical company based in Wilmington, Delaware. In that position, he helps coordinate outreach on Latino health issues for the company. He is on the Corporate Advisory Board for the National Hispanic Medical Association and the National Hispanic Council on Aging. He also works with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. For the last four years, he served as manager of state governmental affairs for AstraZeneca in New Mexico and other western States. Benavidez has served on Log Cabin's National Board since 2003.

PACHA provides policy recommendations on the U.S. Government's response to the AIDS epidemic. Members of the Council provide guidance to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on issues related to HIV/AIDS.