PI-GRO welcomes new staff
Within the past two months, PI-GRO welcomed Leo Rennie, Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer, and Benjamin Vonachen, Senior Legislative Assistant, as new staff members.
Rennie previously worked for several years as an independent consultant on a number of issues, including HIV/AIDS program development, policy analysis, and public health research and practice. His prior professional experience includes serving as Bureau Chief for HIV Prevention for the DC Department of Health and with organizations that include the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, National AIDS Education and Services for Minorities in Atlanta; the Harlem Directors Group; People of Color in Crisis; the Gay Men’s Health Crisis; the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation; the New York City Mayor’s Office of State Legislative Affairs; and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations. In his new capacity at APA, Leo will be responsible for policy issues impacting HIV/AIDS and Ethnic Minority Affairs.
Vonachen previously worked in the Office of Representative Ed Perlmutter, where he served as Legislative Assistant managing a wide range of legislative issues, including education, judiciary, agriculture, natural resources, energy, environment, science, telecommunications, veterans, and women’s health. Prior to his work with the DC Office, he worked as Deputy Communications Director for Ed Perlmutter for U.S. Congress. He also held campaign positions as Communications Associate for Representative John Salazar and as campaign volunteer for House candidates Gary Trauner and Dave Thomas. Ben also worked for Senator Mark Udall. In his new capacity at APA, he will be handling many responsibilities, including serving as point person for issues impacting foster care and immigration policy.