Point Source Youth is run by a team of internationally recognized leaders, experts, and veterans in the fields of health policy advocacy, HIV/AIDS and homelessness prevention, and technology for social impact.

Larry Cohen co-founded and led Heartbeat Experts, a company that connects the world's leading scientific researchers to the health care industry with offices in 22 countries. Previously, he broadcasted the first HIV treatment meetings online and was Director of the National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project, which was the first organization to advocate for combination HIV/AIDS treatment. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Email: larry@pointsourceyouth.org

Ronald Johnson, Vice President for Policy and Advocacy at AIDS United, is a co-founder of the groundbreaking Hetrick-Martin Institute – the first LGBTQ-youth specific organization in the country – and the former Associate Executive Director of Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Ronald is a veteran health and human rights advocate and recognized policy leader.

Email: ronald@pointsourceyouth.org

Colin McSwiggen has worked with a number of organizations in the nonprofit space over the past 7 years, first in international development and then in educational technology. He has also worked as a writer and software engineer. He holds degrees in mathematics and physics from MIT and in industrial design from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.

Email: colin@pointsourceyouth.org

Jenna Mellor is motivated by the belief that all people deserve agency over their own lives and wellbeing. As a child, she witnessed the structural violence and social disenfranchisement in the Atlantic City region, which provides the foundation for her nine-year career as a sex educator and harm reduction advocate.  After graduating from Harvard College, Jenna managed the flagship Outreach Program at HIPS in Washington, DC, which supports folks engaged in sex work, sex trade, and criminalized drug use. She then returned to her home state of New Jersey as a Global Health Corps Fellow, coordinating medical services at Covenant House Newark and then joining Covenant House as staff. Directly prior to joining PSY, Jenna worked for Congressman Jerrold Nadler on constituent issues related to affordable homes, public housing and immigration.  She is a board member of New Leaders Council—NJ, where she was a 2016 Fellow, and the New Jersey Abortion Access Fund. Jenna is committed to road trips small and large, dancing, and hanging with her charismatic cat Meowricio.

Email: jenna@pointsourceyouth.org

Our board of advisors is a dedicated team of activists, academics, funders, and other experts.

Point Source Youth is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit.

 

Banner photo by Keoki Seu.