President & CEO, NAMES Project/AIDS Memorial Quilt
President and CEO of The NAMES Project Foundation since 2001 Julie Rhoad has focused her energy on two agency priorities’ stewardship and strategic planning for the agency’s future; and keeping the issues of HIV & AIDS prevention, advocacy and social justice front and center with thought leaders and the public alike.
Under Julie’s leadership, the foundation has executed short and longer-term stewardship and strategic planning efforts for the collections and programs the agency manages. At the same time, the agency has expanded The Quilt’s outreach to ever-growing communities in need, starting key programs such as Call My Name, which works to encourage panel-making and HIV prevention in the African American community, as well as programs for middle and high schools designed to reach a new generation of youth with critical HIV prevention education.
Rhoad has worked to expose the inherent value found in the stories contained in The Quilt to scholars, educators, community leaders and others working in the fields of theology, art, public health, science, sociology and civil and human rights. She also oversees the ongoing work of making Quilt panels available to organizations throughout the country and around the world for varied educational and community based programs, as well as the ongoing care and upkeep of the 50,000+ hand-sewn panels of this profound memorial.