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.
Jaden Fields
Jaden is Health Educator at APAIT (Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team) an AIDS service organization based in Los Angeles. Jaden currently oversees the HEART and SOUL programs. HEART is an HIV education and empowerment program for transgender women and gender nonconforming individuals who are at-risk or living with HIV. SOUL is a peer health education and facilitation training program that provides transgender women with the skills to facilitate peer support health education groups. He also co-founded and co-facilitates a transmasculine social support space, Toolbox, which seeks to provide a space for trans men and transmasculine individuals to speak openly about their unique sexual health needs. Jaden was an inaugural member of the Transgender Advisory Council for the City of Los Angeles, currently sits on the board of Gender Justice LA. Jaden hopes to continue to grow in his work because he truly believes that the work around HIV highlights about trauma can have negative impacts on a person’s overall health outcomes.
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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