amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Jonathan S. Canno

CANNO----final.jpgJoined the board of an amfAR predecessor, the AIDS Medical Foundation (AMF), in 1983 and served as its vice chairman. Became a founding director of amfAR in 1985, following unification of the New York City-based AMF and the Los Angeles-based National AIDS Research Foundation. Has served on board's fund development committee since its creation; until 1995, was its chairman or co-chairman and served on the board's executive committee. Was instrumental in the 1987 naming of amfAR as beneficiary of Art Against AIDS, a nationwide effort by hundreds of artists and galleries to raise AIDS awareness and to support AIDS research. To date, the extraordinary partnership between amfAR and the art community has raised nearly $18 million for AIDS research. Established the Jonathan S. Canno Research Fund in 1998, with funds donated by family and friends. Canno Fund supports innovative AIDS vaccine research.

Mr. Canno was, until 1999, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Equitable Bag Company, Inc., the largest retail and flexible packaging company in the United States. He serves on the boards of Lenox Hill Hospital, the board of trustees of The North Shore/LIJ Health System, and the board of directors of the Hamptons International Film Festival from 1996 to the present.

He resides with his spouse, Pierce Canno Roberts, in New York City, East Hampton, NY, and Miami Beach, FL.