The Campbell Foundation Promotes
Ken Rapkin to Executive Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Susan R. Miller
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Jan. 6, 2016 – The Campbell Foundation, a Fort Lauderdale-based organization dedicated to funding HIV/AIDS research, is pleased to announce the promotion of Ken Rapkin to Executive Director. Mr. Rapkin has served as the foundation’s Program Officer since its inception in 1995.
“Ken has made significant contributions to The Campbell Foundation, demonstrating his commitment to our mission as well as his personal desire to find a cure for HIV/AIDS,” said Campbell Foundation Trustee Bill Venuti. “Through his continued leadership and vision, The Campbell Foundation is well-positioned to achieve its goals and continue to fund ground-breaking cure research in years to come.”
Prior to joining the foundation, Mr. Rapkin was office manager for Campbell Laboratories in Deerfield Beach, Fla., where he worked directly with the company and foundation’s founder, the late Richard Campbell Zahn.
“It’s been a privilege to be a part of Richard’s original vision of funding novel and groundbreaking research into HIV and AIDS since we started in 1995,” said Mr. Rapkin. “The direct interaction with researchers, our Peer Review Board and Board of Directors (as well as our End-of-Year community partners), has been among the most rewarding experiences of my life. At a time when many people think AIDS is over, our mission of funding is as important as educating the public about the ongoing need to find a cure and eradicate HIV and AIDS once and for all.”
Mr. Rapkin was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Fort Lauderdale at the age of 13 where he has lived ever since. He served in the U.S. Navy for seven years and then returned to Florida where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
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The Campbell Foundation was established in 1995 by the late Richard Campbell Zahn as a private, independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting clinical, laboratory-based research into the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. It focuses its funding on supporting alternative, nontraditional avenues of research. In its 21st year, the Campbell Foundation has given away $10 million dollars, with about $1 million going to direct services. For more information visit www.campbellfoundation.net. Follow us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.