Members of the Women's Research Initiative on HIV/AIDS (WRI) are asked to serve a three-year term and are chosen based on their expertise and knowledge. Our members include HIV/AIDS thought leaders representing clinical care, research, academia, advocacy, government, industry, and women living with HIV. All WRI members donate their time and expertise to this initiative without compensation (both WRI members and invited speakers attend without honorarium or other compensation). Members are asked to make every effort to attend the annual meetings and participate in at least one project during the term, such as editorial or white paper development, ad hoc meetings with research groups, or other activities as identified by the WRI.

Gina Brown, MSW, is a regional organizer with the Southern AIDS Coalition. She has worked in the field of HIV for 14 years and has been living with HIV for 22 years.

Dr. Jen Kates is Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation

Dr. Judith Auerbach is a public sociologist, independent science and policy consultant, and adjunct professor in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). 

Julie Barroso is the associate dean for Doctoral Programs at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, and a tenured professor. She has been an educator since 1989, and has taught in BSN, MSN, and PhD programs.

Kathleen Squires is the W. Paul and Ida H. Havens Professor of Infectious Diseases and director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.

Linda Scruggs is the founding director of Ribbon Consulting Group, where along with their members, they provide organizational consulting services to community based organizations, heath departments and hospitals to increase their ability to support and promote healthy communities.

Lisa Fitzpatrick is a board-certified infectious diseases physician and CDC-trained medical epidemiologist. She is medical director of the Infectious Diseases Care Center at United Medical Center in Washington, DC and is also a professorial lecturer at the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Maury Riordan has worked within the field of HIV/AIDS for most of the past 25 years. He currently serves as vice president, director of access and innovation with AIDS United, a national policy and grant making organization based in Washington DC.

Monica Gandhi is a professor of medicine, Divisions of HIV/AIDS at UCSF, where she's been on faculty since 2003. Since January 2014, Dr. Gandhi has served as the medical director of Ward 86, the oldest HIV/AIDS clinic in the country based at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH).

Naina Khanna is executive director for Positive Women's Network-USA, a national organization that prepares and supports women living with HIV to be involved in all levels of policy and decision-making by: eliminating stigma, building leadership, mobilizing advocates, and changing policy.


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