Yale University

Shawn Lang, B.A.

  • Deputy Director, AIDS Connecticut (ACT)
  • Member, Community Advisory Board, CIRA


Shawn M. Lang is the Deputy Director with AIDS Connecticut (ACT). With the organization since 1991, she oversees ACT's Care and Treatment programs; Prevention, including Syringe Access and naloxone distribution; and provides a variety of trainings and presentations. She coordinates CT's HIV/AIDS public policy activities on the state and federal levels. Since 1995, Shawn has served on the board of the National AIDS Housing Coalition, serving as past-President and currently as co-chair of the Advocacy Committee. She is on the Community Advisory Board of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale, and was recently appointed to the CT Alcohol and Drug Policy Council. In 2013, she convened and chairs CT's Statewide Opiate Overdose Prevention Workgroup which has engaged in an extensive advocacy campaign to increase awareness about, and access to naloxone, a lifesaving medication that reverses opiate overdoses. In 2016, out of a field of 900 nominees nationwide, Shawn was nominated by Governor Dannel P. Malloy, and chosen as a one of ten White House Champions of Change for Advancing Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. She has been a longstanding activist on issues impacting battered women; LGBT communities; homelessness; and HIV/AIDS. She lives in Hartford with her 19 year old son.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Consumer advocacy (local, state and national levels)
  • Gay
  • Lesbian
  • Bisexual Community
  • Harm reduction
  • Homelessness
  • Housing Advocacy
  • Prisons/Prison population