Howard Brown Health names new VP of Human Resources

(Chicago, August 17, 2021) – Today, Howard Brown Health announces the appointment of Aaron Lawlor as the Vice President of Human Resources and member of the Executive Leadership Team following a nationwide search by the Morten Group.

Lawlor will lead the Human Resources team focusing on building Howard Brown as an employer of choice that attracts, retains, and develops mission-motivated healthcare professionals committed to eliminating health disparities in LGBTQ+ and other marginalized communities.

“We conducted a thorough nationwide search that netted 26 candidates,” said David Ernesto Munar, President & CEO of Howard Brown. “Aaron’s experience leading Illinois’ third largest county and his track record during his time at Howard Brown makes him the right person to lead Human Resources and help fuel Howard Brown’s growth as a leading healthcare provider for the LGBTQ+ and other marginalized communities.”

Lawlor joined Howard Brown’s HR team in 2019, most recently serving as Interim Director. Before joining Howard Brown, Aaron served as the Lake County Board Chairman where he oversaw the county budget and administration including compensation and benefits for the County’s more than 2,000 employees, risk management, and labor relations with the County’s 11 bargaining units.

“Behind every patient we serve is a group of employees fiercely committed to caring for LGBTQ+ and other marginalized communities,” said Lawlor. “I am passionate about leading a strategic HR function that supports employees’ whole selves coming to work each day and delivers an employee experience that attracts, retains, and develops our growing team.”

Aaron holds a Bachelor of Arts from Lake Forest College and a Master of Business Administration from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He holds a PHR certification and earned a Professional in Human Resources Certificate from DePaul University.


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Howard Brown Health exists to eliminate the disparities in healthcare experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness. Howard Brown is the largest LGBTQ organization in the Midwest, providing primary and specialty healthcare, social services, and infectious disease screenings to more than 40,000 people each year. The 13 clinics and three resale stores span the City of Chicago, from Englewood to Rogers Park. For more information, visit


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