GOVERNANCE

U=U Steering Committee

Khafre Kujichagulia Abif

Antonio Alvares

Roscoe Boyd

Wanda Brendle-Moss

Gina Marie Brown

Brittany Cameron

Davina Conner

Claire Gasamagera

Maria Hiv Mejia

Christian Hui

Olga Irwin

Kiara St. James

Bryan C. Jones

Bob Leahy

Kevin Maloney

Eddie Mehnert-Berges

John McCullagh

Joshua Middleton

Brady Dale Morris

Marama Pala 

Bruce Richman

Ace Robinson

Raul Robles

Waheedah Shabazz-el

CJ Stobinski

Jyoti Dhawale Surve

George GP Tesseris

Evany Turk

Jennifer Vaughan

PAC Founding Task Force

JD Davids

is the Managing Editor of TheBody.com, the web's largest resource on HIV. Davids worked on pivotal efforts to slash the global price of HIV treatment, expand syringe access and win a national HIV strategy for the United States, among other campaigns. As founder of Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP) and the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA), he was an early advocate for PrEP research.  Davids also served on the Strategic Working Group of the Division of AIDS at the National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH and was a founding supporter of the Positive Women's Network – USA. A member of the ACT UP Philadelphia diaspora, he currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.eople more about this item. Give people the info they need to go ahead and take the action you want. To make this item your own, click here > Add & Manage Items.

is an Associate Professor of Sociology at IUPUI, where she teaches courses on the sociology of health and illness, particularly HIV/AIDS, and qualitative methods. Her current work focuses on HIV criminalization reformas well as the 2015 HIV outbreak among people who inject drugs in Scott County, Indiana.  Dr. Carrie has served on numerous HIV clinical, care, and prevention advisory boards in Indiana, is a founding member of the Prevention AccessUndetectable=Untransmittable Campaign, and chairs the HIV modernization Movement Indiana - an effort to modernize HIV criminal laws. She received her PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2002, has been working at IUPUI for nearly 14 years, and has been living with HIV for 30 years.

Noël Gordon

is a public policy professional with a gift for pragmatism, persuasion, and progressive politics. He joined the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in 2013 and currently serves as Senior Specialist for HIV Prevention and Health Equity. During his tenure, Noël has significantly expanded HRC’s work to include a renewed focus on HIV and other LGBT health disparities. Through Noël’s leadership, HRC has educated more people than ever before about the current realities of HIV, while also taking on a more active role in the fight for unfettered access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (i.e., PrEP), comprehensive sex education, and other common sense, policy solutions. Noël holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and completed a law and policy fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Robert Grant

is an investigator at the Gladstone Institutes, Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, and Chief Medical Officer of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.  He was the principal investigator for theiPrEX study, the first randomized controlled trial of PrEP to produce a statistically meaningful result. Dr. Grant's work paved the way for FDA approval of FTC/TDF (called Truvada in the US) as PrEP in 2012, leading to CDC and WHO recommendations for PrEP's widespread use 2014. Dr. Grant, who has also served as a member of the U.S. Federal Drug Administration Antiviral Advisory Committee, is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, and was named to the 2011 TIME People Who Mattered and the 2012 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people.

Kathie M. Hiers

is the Chief Executive Officer of AIDS Alabama, a statewide nonprofit organization in Alabama that provides housing and services to low-income persons with HIV/AIDS.  Nationally Kathie was the only resident of the Deep South selected in 2010 by President Obama to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, where she was elected Co-Chair of the Disparities Committee. She serves as Co-Chair of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership and policy chair for the National AIDS Housing Coalition30 for 30 Campaign, and the Southern AIDS Coalition.  In 2013 Kathie’s efforts to bring attention to the southern HIV epidemic were featured in the full-length documentary, deepsouth. Kathie recently won the 2014 “Research and Hope HIV/AIDS Community Champion” Award from PhRMA for her work in advocating for the needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and the 2015 UCLA School of Management/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Leadership Community Innovation Project for her work enrolling participants into the Affordable Healthcare Act in Alabama.  More than 270,000 Alabamians now have health care through the Insurance Marketplace.

Damon L. Jacobs

is a New York-based Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and HIV prevention specialist who focuses his work on health, social justice, and pleasure. He is best known for championing the use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) through his work in media including MSNBCNPRVice TVHere! TV,  as well as New York TimesUSA TodayOut Magazine, and many more.  He is featured as one of 35 “Leading HIV Activists” by The Advocate Magazine, and one of the Twelve “Influential Voices in HIV/AIDS for 2015” by Healthline Magazine.  Damon recently spoke at The2015 CDC National HIV Prevention ConferenceThe 2015 International AIDS Society Conference (IAS)The 2015 Annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)2014 Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) [Part 18:20-38:40], 5th Annual NYS Transgender Health Conference, 2015 European AIDS Treatment Group Conference,Albany Medical Center, Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), New York University (NYU) as well New York State Health Department Of Health (NYS DOH) Trainings.

Venton C. Jones Jr.

is the Project Officer for LGBT Health and Wellness Initiatives for the National Black Justice Coalition.  Prior to joining Team NBJC, Venton served as communications and education manager for the National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition (NBGMAC). In 2008, Venton founded and served as president of the Dallas-based non-profit DFW Pride Movement in Texas.  Venton is a consultant on mobilizing LGBT communities of color, HIV/AIDS and other health disparities to a number of agencies and government entities, including the White House, and he serves on the Board of Trustees of AIDS United.  He has been featured in a number of media outlets, including JET magazine and BET. In 2013, he was recognized as one of the “LOUD 100 LGBT People of Color,” and as a recipient of the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) Positive Leadership Award and the Harold Dean Philpot Leadership Award for Excellence in Support for HIV/AIDS and Community Service sponsored by the National AIDS Education and Services for Minorities (NAESM).

Charles King

is one of the founders and the President/CEO of Housing Works, Inc. a community-based, not–for–profit organization that provides a full range of services including housing, health care, mental health, chemical dependency services, legal, advocacy, and job training and employment for homeless men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions.

 

Charles served on the governing body of UNAIDS as a member of the NGO Delegation to the PCB and was Co-chair of the NYS End of AIDS Task Force. He is currently the co-chair of the Ending the Epidemic Subcommittee of the NYS AIDS Advisory Council.

 

Charles holds both a Law Degree and a Master of Divinity from Yale University, and is an ordained Baptist Minister.

Arianna Inurritegui-Lint

is the East South Chair for the TransLatina Coalition, a national group of Trans Latina leaders who represent and advocate for the needs of Trans Latina immigrants in the US. She is also Executive Director of TransLatina T Services, a community-based organization that provides advocacy, education and training, case management and linkage to care for transgender men and women in Fort Lauderdale. A refugee from Lima, Peru, and law graduate of  Universidad de San Martín de Porres, Arianna has spoken at dozens of trans and HIV-related conferences and is currently consulting for the White House's National HIV/AIDS Strategy. She is an outspoken advocate for transwomen living with HIV and the needs of expanding PrEP access to the transgender community. 

Kamaria Laffrey

a woman living with HIV since 2003, serves to eliminate stigma through social media and captivating campaigns to be effective in efforts as an international HIV advocate working on HIV decriminalization, treatment adherence, as well as women and girl's empowerment.

Jim Pickett

is Director of Prevention Advocacy and Gay Men’s Health at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, where he has worked for the last 11 years. He co-founded and leads the International Rectal Microbicide Advocates (IRMA) and heads up the efforts of the Chicago PrEP Working Group. In February, the Working Group released a brand new PrEP media campaign called PrEP4Love anchored by the website www.PrEP4Love.com.   POZ Magazine has honored his efforts in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by including him in the magazine's "Top 100" lists as a "soldier... instrumental in fighting for much-needed new prevention methods, undeterred by subjects many would prefer to ignore." Long ago he ran a few marathons to raise money for HIV/AIDS prevention and care programs and he – of faulty memory – may do just one more, this year. He was inducted into Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame by Mayor Richard M. Daley and has been living with HIV since 1995.

Kimberleigh Joy Smith, MPA

is the Senior Director for Community Health Planning and Policy at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. She previously served for six years as the Vice President for Policy, Advocacy and Communications atHarlem United, where she developed the iconic “Swallow This!” PrEP campaign. Kimberleigh has dedicated her career to improving health and promoting health equity and social justice for communities of color. She is a graduate of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and is the former President of the Board of Directors of the Paul Rapoport Foundation, an independent private foundation established in 1987 to serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities of the metropolitan New York area. 

Peter Staley

is a long-term AIDS and gay rights activist, first as a member of ACT UP New York, then as the founding director of TAG, the Treatment Action Group. He served on the board of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) for 13 years and then founded AIDSmeds.com, an educational website for people living with HIV. Staley was a leading subject in the Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague.

Sam Stone

is a writer living in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from New York University with a Degree in Drama and Creative Writing. In addition to his work with Prevention Access Campaign’s Undetectable=Untransmittable movement, Sam has also contributed to SpeakOut Foundation where he’s worked on messaging as well as development strategy. SpeakOut Foundation works towards equality for LGBTQ people in the workplace through empowerment and education. His other writing can be found in various corners of the internet and centers around satire, travel, and food.

Sean Strub

is the founder of POZ Magazine, executive director of the Sero Project, a US-based network of people with HIV and Allies combating stigma and criminalization and is the author of Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival (Scribner 2014). A longtime activist and HIV survivor, he was the first openly HIV positive person to run for the U.S. Congress, produced the off-Broadway hit The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me and from 2010-2012 co-chaired the North American affiliate of the Global Network of People Living with HIV.

Dr. Pietro Vernazza

established the HIV-clinic at the Cantonal Hospital in St. Gallen, Switzerland in 1985 where he later participated in the development of the Swiss HIV Cohort Study (SHCS.ch) and co-authored a large number of studies on clinical and epidemiological aspects of HIV with this cohort group. Dr. Vernassa graduated in internal medicine at the University of Zurich and finished his training in infectious diseases at UNC Chapel Hill.  Since 1992, his personal research has focused on the sexual transmission of HIV together with Myron Cohen and Susan Fiscus at UNC Chapel Hill, NC, and he received a six year clinical research grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation to continue this research. In July 2000, he became the first chief of the new ID Division at the Cantonal Hospital in St. Gallen, Switzerland. During his 16 year engagement as a member of the Swiss commission on Sexual health, and as its president from 2008-2015, he developed with the commission the so called “Swiss Statement” on non-infectiousness during HIV treatment, which was first issued in January 2008.

Shannon Weber, MSW

is the Director of HIVEonline.org, founder of PleasePrEPMe.org, coordinator ofGettingToZeroSF.org, and founder of LoveYou2.org. Shannon launched the PRO Men (Positive Reproductive Outcomes for HIV+ Men) initiative, an innovative collaboration between HIVE and Zuckerberg San Francisco General’s Ward 86 HIV Clinic integrating men’s reproductive and sexual health care into a primary care setting. She provides consultation on safer conception options, perinatal HIV prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) implementation for women nationally and internationally. Shannon is passionate about creating a world where women have sex and babies when, where and how they want to.

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PAC - U=U Founding Executive Director

Bruce Richman

is the Founding Executive Director of PAC and the "Undetectable = Untransmittable  (U=U)"campaign (#UequalsU).  He has worked in global philanthropy for over two decades developing foundations, cause-marketing and grantmaking programs, social marketing campaigns, and interventions on a range of issues including HIV stigma and prevention, sustainable development, childhood obesity, violence prevention, and gang intervention. Before launching PAC, Bruce founded Inspired Philanthropy Group, where he developed philanthropic initiatives with people and brands with extensive public platforms for social change including Donna Karan, Ellen DeGeneres, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, NBA star Chris Bosh, NFL star Adrian Peterson, NBA star Paul Pierce, Grammy Winner Chris Brown, The Bob Marley Foundation, Banana Republic, Sephora, and Cartier. 

 

Bruce and the U=U campaign have received extensive media coverage including The Washington PostCBS Evening NewsChina Global TelevisionCBC Canada National NewsDailyMail.com and The Lancet. Bruce was honored for his work with U=U as Healthline's HIV influencers"2017 Person of the Year"and named Plus Magazine "#1 Most Amazing HIV + People of 2018", and he received the 2017 Partnership Award from the National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors. Diagnosed with HIV in 2003, Bruce learned in 2012 that his undetectable viral load meant he could not transmit HIV. He committed to sharing this life-changing information in the hope that people with HIV and their partners will live healthy sexual and reproductive lives free of fear and stigma.  He received his Ed.M. in Administration, Planning & Social Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. 

PAC - Executive Director, North America

Murray Penner

Murray Penner is Executive Director, North America of PAC. He has a strong personal interest in helping people living with HIV achieve sexual health and well-being and reducing HIV stigma and shame. Murray served as Executive Director at NASTAD from 2015-2018 and served as NASTAD’s Deputy Executive Director and director of its care & treatment program from 2001-2015. Prior to joining NASTAD in 2001, he served as the planning coordinator for the Fort Worth, Texas, Ryan White Planning Council and previously as an administrator with the Fort Worth and Oklahoma City YMCAs. Murray has strong expertise and experience in HIV and hepatitis treatments, the Ryan White Program and AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP), as well as drug pricing. He also currently serves on the boards of the AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition (ATAC) and HarborPath and serves on PAC's Founding Task Force. Murray received his Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Bethel College in North Newton, KS.

PAC Community Engagement Coordinator

Cameron Kinker

Cameron Kinker is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Prevention Access Campaign and the U=U Campaign. Cameron graduated cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016 with a degree in Anthropology: Global Health & the Environment and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. He wrote his honors thesis on transgender healthcare access in the St. Louis region. Prior to joining PAC- U=U, Cameron worked at the One Love Foundation educating middle, high, and college students on recognizing the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships and the warning signs of abuse. Cameron is HIV-negative and strongly believes in the necessity of educating other seronegative individuals about U=U. You can contact him at cameron@preventionaccess.org.

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