Who We Are

The Fremont Center, LLC, is a partnership of independent consultants with experience of and commitment to:

• Policy work
• Community organizing and mobilization
• Activism
• Organizational and programmatic development
• Grant-making
• Program evaluation
• Meeting planning, facilitation, and report preparation (including rapporteuring)

The leading partners of the Fremont Center are:

Sam Avrett has worked as a policy and program consultant for more than 17 years, working for organizations such as the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the M·A·C AIDS Fund, Open Society Foundations, Tides Foundation, UNAIDS and UNDP. Prior to becoming a consultant, Avrett was a co-founder and first Executive Director of the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC) and before that worked with the New York Blood Center and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). Sam currently serves as a Program Advisory Panel member of the Robert Carr Network Fund and volunteer Board member at AIDS Fonds Netherlands and the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition.

David Barr has been active in LGBTQ health and rights issues for many years, including interning with the ACLU Lesbian and Gay Rights Project in the mid-1980s and working as a staff attorney at Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund beginning in 1985 and at Gay Men’s Health Crisis beginning in 1990. Barr’s work has included HIV treatment access and clinical research advocacy, addressing stigma and discrimination, HIV prevention policy, HIV funding structures, drug policy, strategic planning, facilitation and program evaluation. In 2003, Barr coordinated the creation of the HIV Collaborative Fund, a partnership of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) and Tides Foundation, which has supported more than 1,000 organizations in over 70 countries with small grants and capacity-building for HIV treatment awareness, literacy, community mobilization and advocacy. Since 1987, Barr has served in senior policy positions at Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research, and the Drug Policy Alliance. Barr has served as a member of the AIDS Roundtable of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria Technical Evaluation Review Group (TERG), the US Public Health Service Panel to Set Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Drugs, and the Executive Committee of the US NIH AIDS Clinical Trial Group (ACTG). David was a founding member of the Treatment Action Group and the ACT UP Treatment and Data Group. Consulting clients have included the Ford Foundation, New York City Department of Health, New York State AIDS Institute, Open Society Institute, UNAIDS and UNDP.

Jeff Hoover has more than a decade’s experience as an independent researcher, writer and editor in a wide range of development areas, particularly global public health. His projects have included health- and human rights-related policy and advocacy publications, case studies, meeting reports and program evaluations, and he has successfully completed work-related missions and research in more than 30 countries in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Southeast Asia since 2014. Clients over the years have included mostly nonprofits and multilateral organizations such as amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS); the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the Open Society Foundations; and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Prior to becoming a consultant, Hoover was an editorial officer at the Open Society Foundations and deputy editor at POZ magazine, a leading U.S. publication for and about people living with HIV.