Pepperdine University Awards Desert AIDS Project $5,000 in Honor of CEO David Brinkman

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Pepperdine University will honor alumnus David Brinkman on October 15 with the second annual Pepperdine University Waves of Service Award, which includes a $5,000 check to Desert AIDS Project, where he serves as Chief Executive Officer and President.

Pepperdine University will honor alumnus David Brinkman on October 15 with the second annual Pepperdine University Waves of Service Award, which includes a $5,000 check to Desert AIDS Project, where he serves as Chief Executive Officer and President.

Launched in 2009, the Waves of Service movement celebrates, supports, and connects Pepperdine alumni who are committed to volunteerism and careers of service worldwide. Developed by the Alumni Leadership Council at the encouragement of Pepperdine President Andrew K. Benton, Waves of Service began with the unwritten motto, “serve where you are.” The vision of Waves of Service is to become the world’s most active alumni service movement in the world.

In choosing Brinkman as this year’s honoree, Greg Porter, Director of Waves of Service, said, “David was one of seven finalists from a list of 300 nominations, including nominations by the Alumni Affairs offices of each of the five schools of Pepperdine University. The selection committee was particularly thrilled with the story of what he has accomplished for the health and wellness of those affected by AIDS.”

Brinkman received a Masters of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management in 2002. Joining Desert AIDS Project in August 2006, he provides administrative and fiscal oversight of all agency programs and services, as well as leadership in strategic planning and community collaboration.

He has led the organization through a period of unprecedented expansion, increasing the number of clients and volunteers, diversity and volume of services, number of staff, and size of the budget. During Brinkman’s tenure, D.A.P. has expanded its service provision to three new cities, opened a HIV-specialty dental clinic, launched innovative housing solutions, dedicated a community center as a resource hub for health education and combating stigma, and established an endowment to fund future operations.

“I am humbled – and completely surprised – that D.A.P. and I were chosen for this honor,” said Brinkman. “I had no idea we were even being considered. Since my first job at Cascade AIDS Project in Portland, I’ve had a passion for social justice, particularly around the cause of HIV/AIDS because I’ve lost so many friends to it,” continued Brinkman. “It’s wonderful that Waves of Service is recognizing the essential work of important organizations like Desert AIDS Project. In these continuing, uncertain economic times, this $5,000 award will certainly be put to good use.”

Desert AIDS Project is the organization in our community where people living with HIV and AIDS can receive comprehensive support, including medical care, case management, and social services. D.A.P. also offers free and confidential HIV testing at a number of locations throughout the communities it serves. To learn more about Desert AIDS Project, please call 760-323-2118, visit http://www.desertaidsproject.org or find them on Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube.

Founded in 1937, Pepperdine is an independent Christian university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees through its Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and four graduate schools of business, law, public policy, and education and psychology. The University is recognized nationally for its excellent academic programs and enrolls approximately 7,500 full-time and part-time students in its five colleges and schools. Headquartered in Malibu, California, the University has academic centers throughout Southern California and operates international programs in Europe, South America, and Asia.

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