Sep
20
2011

ARLINGTON, VA – Since its inception in 1991, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has been steadfast in its mission to fight drunk driving and underage drinking. While much progress has been made by attacking these problems head on, it is also important to examine these issues in a larger cultural context. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is proud to be celebrating its 20th Anniversary and recognizes that the past 20 years could not have been a success without the support of remarkable individuals who encourage health, wellness, and a commitment to eliminating drunk driving and underage drinking.

As part of the 20th Anniversary celebration, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility will honor 20 People to Watch. These twenty people have distinguished themselves through their leadership, ideas and commitment to the health and safety of our nation and the idea of a brighter future for America’s young people. Young or old, established in their chosen professions, or just starting out, these twenty people are ones we are excited to follow in the future.

Since joining Google in 2006, Prem Ramaswami has served as a Product Manager. Currently, Ramaswami focuses on Google's DotOrg efforts around Disaster relief and Nongovernmental Organization outreach. He has worked on projects such as Google Checkout, Google's ecommerce shopping solution, and the Internet Bus Project aimed at increasing Internet penetration in India. Additionally, he was instrumental in launching Google Checkout for Non-Profits and was also part of Google's Network Infrastructure team as part of the Make the Web Faster Initiative launching Google Public DNS.

Ramaswami graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in Biomedical and Computer Engineering and worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory on an airborne 3D laser radar wide area mapping system before joining Google.

“You should celebrate what you have today and understand that the choices you make, especially around drunk driving, can have not only a negative impact for yourself, but those around you, and you could literally take away the choice or the ability for others to succeed,” said Ramaswami.

“Prem Ramaswami is an incredibly inspirational person and we are proud to honor him as one of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s 20 People to Watch,” said Ralph Blackman, President and CEO of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. “The projects Prem has been involved with at Google have changed the way non-profits and NGOs use digital media and we are excited to watch the great things that Prem will contribute to in the years to come.”

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is proud to celebrate the innovative contributions it has made over 20 years and can attribute our success to the support, encouragement and commitment of people like Prem Ramaswami. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility looks forward to continued progress in the fight against drunk driving, underage drinking and a safer and healthier America. Individuals who are making a difference will help all Americans move towards this goal.

About The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking and is funded by the following distillers: Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc.; Brown-Forman; Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Hood River Distillers, Inc.; Pernod Ricard USA; and Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia and chaired by Hon. Susan Molinari, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is a leader in the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and promotes responsible decision making regarding beverage alcohol. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility develops and implements innovative programs and public awareness campaigns and promotes action through strategic partnerships. Established in 1991, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s initiatives are highlighted on its website at www.responsibility.org.

 

Darron Moffatt, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
MoffattD@responsibility.org; (202) 637-0077

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