2017-2019 Fellows

Dorothy Theodore
Dorothy Theodore is a Planner at La Clínica de La Raza, Inc. in Oakland, CA supporting HIV Prevention, HIV Services and Family Planning. After working for almost 20 years in biotech research, Ms. Theodore’s interest in social justice and health led her to pursue a degree in Public Health and a career serving underserved populations. Public Health brings together Ms. Theodore’s research and data analysis experience with her desire to build programs with a public health benefit. Ms. Theodore is also the mother of two middle school children and a Trustee for the Castro Valley Unified School District.
Ivonne Quiroz
Ivonne Quiroz is originally from Southern California but moved to the Bay Area in 2008. She earned her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Physiology and a minor in Latino/a Studies from San Francisco State University. At WORLD, she is the Policy and Advocacy Manager and supports women living with HIV in Oakland through policy and community organizing. Before working at WORLD, she worked at a community organization working for the rights of immigrants through economic empowerment. When she's not working, she trains for half marathons, reads, writes and does yoga.
Andrew Lopez
Andrew Lopez was born in Orange County California where he attended the California Statue University, Fullerton. There he obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees in American Studies with an emphasis in Gender and Sexuality. He currently works at the Friends Community Center, a branch of the Friends Research Institute, where he oversees data accuracy and efficiency as their Quality Assurance Monitor. Andrew hopes to pursue his ongoing career in the non-profit sector and would like to one day help develop social policies that will benefit people around the world over.
Aron O'Donnell
Aron is an espresso-sipping interdisciplinary researcher who lovingly intermingles the biomedical sciences with feminist and cultural theory in his work. A curious scientist, Aron’s passion for HIV/AIDS research is driven by values rooted in social justice, and informed by his own experiences navigating the medical system with a chronic disease, as well as being in the LGBTQ community. In 2014, he joined up with Project Open Hand (POH), a non-profit based in San Francisco that provides nutrition support to people living with HIV, and jumped on an opportunity to coordinate a study investigating the impact of a full nutrition intervention for people living with HIV. The study, Changing Health Through Food Support, is a joint project between POH and UCSF. Aron is eager to explore avenues in the public policy arena where findings from the study, and more broadly HIV research, could be applied.
Peter Cruz
Peter is the Associate Director at APAIT (Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team), an AIDS service organization based in Los Angeles. As a member of APAIT’s senior management team, he oversees daily operations and assists with the development and implementation of the agency’s strategic plan. Peter also manages APAIT’s HIV testing and prevention programs for communities of color living with or at-risk for HIV. Peter began his career in the HIV/AIDS field in 2003, and has extensive experience in program development and community engagement. In 2015, he led the #ACCESStoSTATUS crowdfunding campaign which resulted in the procurement of APAIT’s first mobile HIV testing unit. In 2016, he organized the #NotOurPride movement in response to controversial changes that were planned for that year’s LA Pride Festival. As a result of #NotOurPride’s advocacy, the planned changes were rescinded by the event organizers. Additionally, approximately 17,000 LGBTQ individuals were able to obtain free admission to that year’s Friday night festivities. Peter is steadfast in his commitment to advocate for marginalized communities.
Traci Bivens-Davis
Traci Bivens-Davis is a recent graduate of the Los Angeles African American Women’s Policy Institute. In her most recent role as Engagement Specialist for REACH LA, she created strategic partnerships aimed at improving the health of LGBTQ young adults. Throughout her career, she pioneered rapid testing programs, implemented street based homeless outreach and syringe exchange services. Additionally, she expanded health interventions aimed at increasing HIV knowledge, testing, and harm reduction amongst African American women who use crack cocaine. In 2006, she collaborated with members of the Junior League of Los Angeles to champion the passage of SJR22 The California Microbicides Development Act. Currently, she serves as HIV Stakeholder Representative on The Los Angeles Commission on HIV and Co-Chair of the Operations & Community Engagement Subcommittees. Additionally, she is the Chair of The Los Angeles Women’s Collaborative on HIV/AIDS that aims to be a force in empowering women on their sexual health by generating gender responsive policies and projects to help end STIs through education and research.

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