Superhero: Dana Van Gorder

Dana Van Gorder inducted into the Love Superhero Hall of Gratitude in September 2018 at the “Decade of Hope” event celebrating his service as Executive Director of Project Inform. I worked closely with Dana in the early days of organizing the Getting to Zero San Francisco initiative. Immediately, I was intrigued with Dana. His leadership is palpable. I came to greatly admire his capacity for generosity and willingness to put what might be best for himself or his organization to the side to focus on the greater good. Dana mentors in action; he shares stories of his own successes and failures in HIV community building, legislation and advocacy with lessons learned for how that applies to a current decision or project. Dana works hard. He volunteers for challenging tasks, he is willing to take on what others will not, he will lead efforts with a focus on creating change.

Lampchop, the first canin inductee into the Love Superhero Hall of Gratitude, was caped for always being there. The number of times I was on a call wtih Dana and he was walking Lampchop or on vacation and poolside with Lampchop! Lampchop is a calming presence and any visitor to Project Inform would be keen upon arrival to see if Lampchop was in the office that day.

About the Love Superhero Hall of Gratitude

“The plain fact is that the world does not need more successful people, but it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane.” David Orr

I deeply admire those who “live well in their places.” The ordinary and the unsung who offer to the world the very best parts of themselves without expectation.

This is a beautiful expression of love in her calm, persistent, generous manner – offering a ripple of change (a metamorphosis) to the world.

Inductees to the Love Superhero Hall of Gratitude are caped in recognition of their contributions to a love-filled world.

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