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Project Angel Food Announces New CEO
Iconic LA County nonprofit taps new leadership on eve of 25th anniversary 

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 17, 2013) – Today, Project Angel Food announces the appointment of Laurie Lang as its new Chief Executive Officer. Lang will assume her role on Monday, July 1, and oversee all operations of this beloved and effective organization that nourishes the body and spirit of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, Cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. 

 “Project Angel Food has been a tireless champion of vital nourishment and hope throughout Los Angeles County for nearly 25 years, and I welcome the opportunity to help set its vision for the future,” said Lang. “With ‘food as medicine’ a tenet of the agency’s work, I look forward to further communicating the key role that nutrition plays in better health – and the impact that Project Angel Food is having on people struggling with life-threatening illnesses throughout our community. I commit to our supporters, volunteers, local leaders and most importantly, those individuals to whom we provide an essential life-saving service that I will work to ensure Project Angel Food honors our long-standing mantra of ‘for Life, for Love, for as Long as it Takes.’” 

 Before joining Project Angel Food, Lang served as President for BrandCentrics Consulting, as Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing for The Walt Disney Company, and as Executive Director for Disney’s “Disney Learning Partnership” program, which involved the management of a $20 million philanthropic portfolio to support the nation’s teachers and schools. Most recently, she served as Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications at The Music Center where she developed and implemented a comprehensive rebranding strategy to revitalize the center. Lang has a graduate degree in Business Administration from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

 In addition to her professional experiences, Lang has served on the nonprofit boards of Free Arts for Abused Children and Virginia Avenue Project, and has lent her support to The Philanthropic Initiative, LA Universal Preschool Initiative, The Afterschool Alliance, and others as a valued leader.

 “With her breadth of experience, Laurie Lang is the ideal person to oversee the growth and increased impact of Project Angel Food,” said Project Angel Food’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Robert Bauer. “With her creative and strategic thinking, the Board and staff are excited about working with Laurie to ensure Project Angel Food continues to provide life-sustaining nourishment to some of the most vulnerable members of our community – and to explore ways that we could be of even greater service to those in need.”

 “The Greater Los Angeles community is well-aware that we provide meal services to people struggling with HIV/AIDS, but what might surprise many is that more than 18% of our clients today are battling some form of cancer, more than 15% of our clients are at end stage renal disease, or that more than 5% of our clients are inflicted with emphysema and more than 7% have congestive heart failure,” said Bauer. “Over our 24 years of service, we have expanded our service to the people of Los Angeles County and, with Laurie at the helm, will continue to explore ways that we can further contribute to a healthy and vibrant community.”

As one of the most effective grassroots nonprofit agencies in the nation, Project Angel Food cooks and delivers 600,000 nutritious meals each year, free of charge, to the homes of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, Cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. This year 2,200 people, ranging in age from 16 to 97, will receive service, with 30% Hispanic, 30% African-American, and 30% Caucasian. Women represent 42% of all those who receive service.  Every year more than 3,500 individuals volunteer at Project Angel Food, contributing 42,000 hours to all aspects of the agency’s work.

 Lang assumes the post from Margaret Steele, who has led Project Angel Food for the past five years and oversaw the launch of social enterprise initiatives, increased financial stability, grew the involvement of students in the volunteer program, and expanded service in the broader health community. Steele is departing to spend more time with her teenage children and will have worked closely with Lang to ensure a smooth transition.

 Born in 1989 by a group of compassionate friends, then growing exponentially during its early years in response to the AIDS crisis, Project Angel Food expanded its mission in 2004 to help those struggling with any life-threatening illness. It has cooked and delivered more than 8 million meals to date.

For more information about Project Angel Food, please contact Wesley Hall, Director of Development and Communications at whall@angelfood.org or (323) 845-1800 ext. 239 or visit: www.angelfood.org

 You can also find us on Twitter @ProjAngelFood and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/projectangelfood

 ABOUT PROJECT ANGEL FOOD: Project Angel Food ‘s mission is to nourish the body and spirit of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, Cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Volunteers and staff cook and deliver free and nutritious meals prepared with love throughout Los Angeles County, acting out of a sense of urgency because hunger and illness do not wait. With its kitchen located in Hollywood, this nonprofit agency has cooked and delivered 8 million meals free of charge since being founded in 1989.