Michael Kaplan serves as Vice President for International HIV Programs at the Academy for Educational Development. In this role, he oversees implementation of U.S. government and privately funded HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care and support programs across multiple countries, including projects in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.
Shortly after testing HIV positive in 1992, he began running a support group for HIV-positive youth in Minnesota. From 1992 to 1997, he served as the founding Executive Director of District 202, a youth center by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From 1995 to 1997, he served as the Minnesota State Co-Chair for the State's HIV Prevention Community Planning Process. In 1997, he was selected as one of three fellows nationally to serve in the CDC Price Fellowship for HIV Prevention in Atlanta. Also in 1997, he began serving as the Deputy Director for the National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) in Washington, D.C., after having served for more than six years (between 1995 and 2005) on the NYAC Board of Directors. Mr. Kaplan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology, a Masters of Arts in Adult Education from the University of Minnesota, and has completed substantial coursework in non-profit management.