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At the 2021 FCAA Summit (November 8-9, 2021) we will explore what it means to be an HIV-informed funder in a world still grappling with the impact of COVID-19. We will address:

  • The goals and priorities of the new U.S. Administration
  • How our work will be impacted by the recently adopted UNAIDS declaration and the expanded mandate of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • How we can shift power to effectively center community leadership within the philanthropic response to HIV
  • The need to integrate the HIV and COVID-19 responses with racial justice efforts in the U.S.

Registration

Summit registration is open to representatives from any public or private grantmaking entity or philanthropic infrastructure organization (i.e., board members, staff, grant advisory committee members, etc.), as well as invited guests and speakers. 

PLEASE REVIEW THESE INSTRUCTIONS. The experience of confirmation/verification is different dependent on the way in which you register (using an existing Hopin account, creating an account, or registering as a guest).  Throughout this instructions document we offer screen shares and examples of what confirmation/verification e-mails will look like. If you encounter any issues, please contact Sarah Hamilton at [email protected].

The registration fee for the FCAA Summit is as follows:

Member Fee* $100
Non-Member Fee $200
Speakers/Sponsors Please contact [email protected] for a discount code

*In order to utilize the Member Rate, your institution must be a 2020-2021 member organization of FCAA. If you’re unsure about your eligibility or membership, please refer to FCAA’s website or contact Director of Operations Sarah Hamilton at [email protected].  By registering for this event, you are also agreeing to abide by FCAA’s non-solicitation policy.

Schedule

Day 1
November 8
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Welcome & Keynote
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10:00 am - 10:45 am
Welcome & Keynote

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Speakers

WINNIE BYANYIMA

Winnie Byanyima is the Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. A passionate and longstanding champion of social justice and gender equality, Ms. Byanyima leads the United Nations efforts to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Ms. Byanyima believes that health care is a human right and has been an early champion of a People’s Vaccine against the coronavirus that is available and free of charge to everyone, everywhere.

Before joining UNAIDS, Ms. Byanyima served as the Executive Director of Oxfam International, a confederation of 20 civil society organisations working in more than 90 countries worldwide, empowering people to create a future that is secure, just, and free from poverty.

Ms. Byanyima was elected for three terms and served eleven years in the Parliament of her country, Uganda. She led Uganda's first parliamentary women’s caucus, championing ground-breaking gender equality provisions in the county's 1995 post-conflict constitution.

Ms. Byanyima led the establishment of the African Union Commission’s Directorate of Gender and Development and also served as Director of Gender and Development at UNDP. She founded the Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE), an influential Ugandan NGO, and has been deeply involved in building global and African coalitions on social justice issues. A global leader on inequality, Ms. Byanyima has co-chaired the World Economic Forum and served on the World Bank’s Advisory Council on Gender and Development, ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work and the Global Commission on Adaptation.

11:00 am - 11:45 am
Flexible Networking Time
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11:00 am - 11:45 am
Flexible Networking Time

One of the great parts of any conference are the “coffee chats” you might have with colleagues in between sessions. As such, we built in three “flexible networking times” on the Summit agenda to give you a chance to connect with other attendees. During those times – and any agenda breaks – you are welcome to:

  • Visit the Expo booths
      • Check out some of the Summit sponsors
      • Visit FCAA’s booth to chat with staff, or find links to pre-reading or other resources shared during the panels
  • Connect with other attendees
  • Log off and tend to your personal and professional needs

 

As a reminder, the reception area will always be the place to find out about what sessions and opportunities are taking place that day.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Pandemic Preparedness and Response: Threat or Opportunity for the HIV Response?
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Pandemic Preparedness and Response: Threat or Opportunity for the HIV Response?

Using the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as a case study, this session will explore the challenges of continuing efforts to end AIDS by 2030, in the current environment of pandemic preparedness and response challenges.

Speakers

Jen Kates

Dr. Jen Kates is Senior Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, where she oversees policy analysis and research focused on the U.S. government’s role in global health and on the global and domestic HIV epidemics. Widely regarded as an expert in the field, she regularly publishes and presents on global health and HIV policy issues and is particularly known for her work analyzing donor government investments in global health; assessing and mapping the U.S. government’s global health architecture, programs, and funding; and tracking and analyzing major U.S. HIV programs and financing, and key trends in the HIV epidemic, an area she has been working in for close to thirty years. Prior to joining KFF in 1998, Dr. Kates was a Senior Associate with The Lewin Group, a health care consulting firm, where she focused on HIV policy, strategic planning/health systems analysis, and health care for vulnerable populations. Among other prior positions, she directed the Office of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns at Princeton University.

Dr. Kates has served on numerous federal and private sector advisory committees on global health and HIV issues, including PEPFAR’s Scientific Advisory Board, the NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council, the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHACHSPT), the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society. She is also a lecturer at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Dr. Kates received her Ph.D. in Health Policy from George Washington University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts.

Chris Collins

Chris joined Friends in 2016 and serves as its President & CEO. He leads the organization’s efforts to engage U.S. decision makers on the lifesaving work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the importance of expanding global health investment to bring these epidemics to an end and advance global health equity.

At Friends, Chris has played a central role in two major global health financing wins: in 2019, achieving the first increase in U.S. support to the Global Fund in six years, the third largest increase in the history of U.S. support, in the face of opposition from the presidential administration; and, in 2020 and 2021, approval of $3.5 billion in emergency COVID-19 funding for the Global Fund, the largest ever single U.S. appropriation to the organization.

Previously, as Chief of the Community Mobilization Division at UNAIDS, Chris helped make the case for investment in civil society as an essential part of the AIDS response. As Vice President and Director of Public Policy at amfAR, Chris defended global AIDS research and program funding and worked to advance domestic HIV policy and global key populations programming.

Chris authored the monograph that inspired the effort to create the first comprehensive US National HIV/AIDS Strategy, then coordinated the successful advocacy push to establish the Strategy. He helped develop and managed the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) Missing the Target series of reports on global HIV treatment scale up which received international attention. Chris co-founded and served as Executive Director at AVAC, an internationally recognized HIV research and prevention advocacy group.

As appropriations staff to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in the late 1990s, Chris designed the first legislation to provide incentives for development and delivery of vaccines against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, a bill that helped advance the global dialogue on tackling major infectious diseases. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Siobhan Crowley

Dr. Siobhan Crowley BSc. (Hons), MBBS (Distinction), MRCP(UK), MSc. (Hons) trained as a medical doctor at ImperialCollege in the UK and is an accredited specialist physician with specialist post-graduate training in HIV & Sexual and reproductive medicine, health education, public health evaluation and infectious diseases, has recently joined the Global Fund as Head of HIV.

Siobhan has held a range of clinical and technical positions in the UK NHS, the not for profit sector, the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, UNAIDS, USAID programmes and philanthropy. She has spent time in global, regional, and country roles (Papua New Guinea, Nepal, India & South Africa) having worked extensively in technical support roles across Africa and Asia. With over 15 years in senior technical and executive positions with the UN and Philanthropy, the breadth of her clinical and technical expertise combined with a background loaded with country experience and grant portfolio oversight give her a unique technical and operational view that makes her well suited to lead the Global Funds HIV work.

Siobhan takes complex scientific ideas and distils them into practical approaches countries can deploy to improve health outcomes and deliver better value for money. Siobhan was a pioneer setting up family HIV services in London in 1990 and providing outreach KP services. Siobhan’s experience developing evidence based public health policy for HIV care and treatment at WHO, enabled People living with HIV to contribute to global standard setting for the first time – and has since become established practice at WHO.   Siobhan’s experience also demonstrates her ability to develop and sustain partnerships – working at both community level and on the global stage.

Siobhan is married and has three grown up children, and is usually to be found on a bike, listening to music or at the theatre in her spare time (Covid has hampered some of these).

Matthew Rose

Matthew Rose, Director, U.S. Policy & Advocacy, Health GAP, is a longstanding HIV and social justice advocate and our resident U.S. government policy wonk. He brings over a decade of experience in community engagement, federal health policy, HIV science, and advancing health equity. Prior to joining our team, Matthew served as the Policy and Advocacy Manager for the National Minority AIDS Council, where he worked on federal appropriations and authorization legislation related to HIV and health disparities affecting people of color. He also oversaw the development program for the National HIV Biomedical Prevention Summit, one of the leading conferences on HIV biomedical implementation in the United States. Matthew is currently the community co-chair of the Microbicide Trials Network and a member of the Vaccine Advocacy Resource Group (VARG)—an independent, advocate-led, global team of AIDS prevention research advocates that plays a critical role as a liaison in the highly complex field of HIV vaccine research. He serves on the Board of Directors for HIPS, which advances the health, rights, and dignity of people and communities impacted by sex work and drug use by providing non-judgmental harm reduction services, advocacy, and community engagement led by those with lived experience

Mamadi Yilla

Mamadi Yilla, Ph.D. is the new Deputy Coordinator for Multisector Relations spearheading partnership efforts with Multilateral, Bilateral, Communities, Private Foundations, and the Private Sector at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator at the Department of State. Dr. Yilla oversees the Managing Directors for Communications, Congressional Relations, Multilateral Affairs, Private Sector Engagement and Global Health Diplomacy for PEPFAR, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. PEPFAR is a $6.9 billion dollar per year foreign assistance program to end AIDS whose contribution to strengthening health systems in resource-constrained contexts has been evident through the COVID-19 crisis. As an executive officer for the program, Dr. Yilla is at the forefront of the Department of State's health and diplomacy mandates.

Dr. Yilla was born and raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She received her undergraduate and graduate training at the State University of New York at Buffalo and post doctorate training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. She is married and the mother of three college-aged daughters, one a recent graduate from Penn State University and two rising seniors at Harvard University.

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Flexible Networking Time
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1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Flexible Networking Time

One of the great parts of any conference are the “coffee chats” you might have with colleagues in between sessions. As such, we built in three “flexible networking times” on the Summit agenda to give you a chance to connect with other attendees. During those times – and any agenda breaks – you are welcome to:

  • Visit the Expo booths
      • Check out some of the Summit sponsors
      • Visit FCAA’s booth to chat with staff, or find links to pre-reading or other resources shared during the panels
  • Connect with other attendees
  • Log off and tend to your personal and professional needs
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Ending HIV in the US: A National Leadership Discussion
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2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Ending HIV in the US: A National Leadership Discussion

For the first FCAA Summit under a new U.S. Administration, and a reinstated Office of National AIDS Policy, this session will discuss the Administration’s plans and priorities, and how they align with private sector efforts.  We will also explore lessons learned from the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE), as well as opportunities to coordinate EHE efforts within broader public health initiatives. We will hear from both public sector representatives as well as funders and advocates working in the field.

Speakers

Amelia Korangy

Amelia Korangy is a Senior Manager in External Affairs at ViiV Healthcare, where she leads the company’s community giving in the US and Positive Action Programs.  Prior to joining ViiV Healthcare, Amelia worked as a Senior Consultant at TCC Group, where she partnered with foundations, companies, and nonprofits to design and implement a range of philanthropic, capacity building and corporate citizenship programs.  At TCC Group, Amelia led multi-year capacity building initiatives and philanthropic portfolios in issue areas from the arts to youth homelessness alongside Target, the James Irvine Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and other family foundations.

Prior to joining TCC Group, Korangy worked to design a national grantmaking strategy to end child sexual abuse as part of a partnered initiative between the Ms. Foundation for Women and the NoVo Foundation. She’s a trained social worker, and has provided direct services to LGBTQ, HIV+, and homeless young people with organizations including the Hetrick-Martin Institute and Young Ladies of Tomorrow.  Korangy began her career launching FAIR Girls, a nonprofit social enterprise that supports girls who have been trafficked and sexually exploited with economic empowerment and art therapy programs.

Amelia graduated from the University of Maryland in College Park as a CIVICUS Associate with a bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics, and Rhetoric.  She received a Master’s degree in Social Enterprise from Columbia University’s School of Social Work, where she focused on strategic philanthropy.

Harold J. Phillips

Harold J. Phillips, MRP, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP).  In this position, he leads the effort to set the Administration’s domestic HIV/AIDS priorities.  This includes monitoring and implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), consulting with the Office of Management and Budget, coordinating with others on the Domestic Policy Council, the National Security Council, and the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator to ensure America’s response to the HIV epidemic is accelerated, comprehensive and reflective of the lived experiences of those at risk of and living with HIV. This work is done to reduce the number of new HIV transmissions, improve the quality of life for people living with HIV and end the HIV epidemic.

Prior to joining the White House, Mr. Phillips served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.  There, he coordinated the initiative’s activities across the Department’s operating divisions.

Mr. Phillips held prior positions at the Health Resources and Services Administration’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HRSA/HAB). His work there included serving as Office Director for the Ryan White Program’s AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC), Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) and HAB’s work funded by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  He was the Deputy Director of the Ryan White Part B and AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP), and worked with Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients, planning councils, providers and patients. He served on the CDC/HRSA AIDS Advisory Committee (CHAC) from 2003 – 2010. He has a Master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo College in Michigan and is a person living with HIV.

Jonathan Mermin

Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, is Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at CDC. He has focused his public health career on science-based, practical programs that increase health equity and decrease incidence and mortality.  Rear Admiral Mermin was an internal medicine resident at San Francisco General Hospital, and a preventive medicine resident at CDC and the California Department of Health Services. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford University School of Medicine and received his MPH from Emory University.  He has co-authored over 200 scientific publications.

Carl Baloney Jr.

Vice President & Chief Advocacy Officer, AIDS United. A longtime advocate for vulnerable populations, Carl Baloney has focused his career on developing innovative policy solutions that benefit disenfranchised communities across the country, with a particular focus on the rural south.

Before joining the staff of then U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, (D-LA) where he worked through the 111th Congress, Carl began his career working on numerous state and federal candidate and issue-specific campaigns.

Later, Carl served as senior legislative assistant to Rep. Melancon. In this role, Carl advanced policy related to Agriculture and Fisheries, Social Security, the Federal Budget, Appropriations, and a host of other issue areas. Most recently, Carl served as a senior member of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s legislative affairs team, where he worked to advance the reproductive health and rights of women and families in the United States.

Over the course of his career, Carl has continued to support grass-roots advocacy and political engagement by taking leave to aid several political and advocacy campaigns across the country, developing volunteer recruitment programs, and Get Out The Vote efforts. Carl attended the University of Richmond where he studied Political Science and International Relations.

Carl brings enthusiasm and over eight years of federal legislative policy and political experience to AIDS United.  

“From the implementation of the ACA, to Treatment as Prevention, to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)—We have so many great tools to treat and prevent HIV,” said Baloney. “I’m excited to further policy that brings these new advances to people who stand to benefit the most.”

Naina Khanna
Naina Khanna is a national speaker, trainer, and advocate who has worked in the HIV field since 2005, following her HIV diagnosis in 2002. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for AIDS United, as a member of the Women’s HIV Research Initiative, and served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) from 2010 – 2014. Prior to working in HIV, Naina co-founded and served as National Field Director for the League of Pissed Off Voters, a progressive national organization working to expand participation of young people and communities of color in electoral politics. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Medical Sociology at the University of California – San Francisco.
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Virtual Reception
Day 2
November 9
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Making the Case for Community-Rooted and Led Funders
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9:00 am - 10:30 am
Making the Case for Community-Rooted and Led Funders

Co-sponsored by: Global Philanthropy Project

FCAA’s recent “Making the case for Greater Investment in Community-Rooted Funders” report explored the ecosystem of intermediary and community-rooted funders – organizations that are best positioned to provide flexible, strategic support for the most critical needs of community members and community-led groups working at the intersection of HIV, human rights, and racial justice.

What are community-rooted funders and intermediaries? What have we learned from them during the COVID-19 pandemic?

In this session, FCAA will partner with the Global Philanthropy Project – authors of the recent report “Diving Deeper: Under the surface of LGBTI Intermediary funding data” – to explore concrete actions philanthropy can take to increase investment in intermediaries, particularly those that are community-rooted and led.

The session will dive into:

  • How to make the case within your institutions
  • Examples of successful advocacy from donors and community-rooted and led funders that led to unlocking of large public and private institutional grants.
  • Proposed 2022 advocacy and outreach opportunities with selected public donors

This session has been developed as a follow up to a research effort initiated by the FCAA COVID-19 Learning Group that resulted in the FCAA and Elton John AIDS Foundation “Converging Epidemics: COVID-19, HIV & Inequality” report, and most recently, the Making the case for Greater Investment in Community-Rooted Funders.”

 

Additional speakers TBA

Speakers

Dafina Ward

Dafina Ward is an expert in program and organizational development, with a focus on community health initiatives. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC). Founded in 2001, SAC is committed to ending the disproportionate impact of HIV and STIs on southern communities through advocacy and programming that centers the experiences of those most impacted.  

A self-described “recovering attorney”—she is also a grant writer, speaker and trainer who utilizes her legal training and negotiation skills to build collaborations through problem solving and strategic engagement to build impactful and sustainable programs. With over a dozen years of experience addressing the southern HIV epidemic, Dafina works to end siloed approaches to transformation, through thoughtful partnerships and meaningful relationships. As an experienced non-profit remote manager, she coaches leaders in areas of "trauma informed" supervision and remote organization process development. She has shared her strategies with organizational leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic through webinars hosted by Emory University and the Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV/AIDS. Dafina is also a writer whose work has been published in The Washington Post, The Lily and Role Reboot. She enjoys sharing her experiences with students as an Adjunct Professor in Nonprofit Management at the University of South Carolina. Dafina received her BA from Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA) and her Juris Doctor from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law (Philadelphia, PA). She and her husband, Ahmad, reside in the Lowcountry of South Carolina with their two brilliant daughters.

Anne Scott

Interim Chief Development and Impact Officer, Elton John AIDS Foundation - Bio coming soon!

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Promoting Racial Justice in HIV Philanthropy
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10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Promoting Racial Justice in HIV Philanthropy

In response to the need for greater resources for racial justice and equity work, as well as recent calls for philanthropic anti-racist action, The FCAA Racial Justice Working Group has developed a set of racial justice guiding principles that aims to change how HIV-related funders approach philanthropy.

During our time together at the Summit, we will preview the principles, discuss their development, share community feedback, and begin to craft a roadmap and toolkit for their adoption.

 

Speakers

Valerie Rochester

Valerie L. Rochester serves as the Chief Health Equity Officer at CHC: Creating Healthier Communities and in this role leads CHC’s community health and equity initiatives. Ms. Rochester brings over 25 years of experience in the public health and human services fields, with a focus on addressing health needs in communities of color and improving access to quality programs and services, using a health, social equity, and justice-focused lens. Prior to joining CHC, she served as Vice President/Chief Program Officer at AIDS United. She was also Director of Programs and Training at Black Women’s Health Imperative, a CHC partner, where she led the organization’s national programmatic responses to address racial and gender-based health inequities. Ms. Rochester has served on the board of directors of numerous national and community-based organizations, including her current tenure as board member and treasurer with the National Minority AIDS Council, and board member with May Is All About Trans. Because of her commitment to addressing health inequities in communities of color, Rochester was awarded the Congressional Black Caucus Healthcare Hero Award in 2002.

Venita Ray

Venita Ray is an attorney with a passion for social and racial justice, advocacy and equity. Venita currently serves as the deputy director of the Positive Women’s Network-USA, a national membership organization for women living with HIV.  Venita served as the public policy manager for Legacy Community Health, a federally qualified health center in Houston, TX, where she monitored HIV related health policy and managed an advocacy training program for people living with HIV.  Venita advocates and speaks on a number of local and national issues impacting the HIV community and in 2016 led a citywide effort to end the HIV epidemic in Houston. Venita is a founding member of the Texans Living with HIV Network, HIV Racial Justice Now and the Texas chapter of PWN-USA. Venita was diagnosed with HIV in 2003 and is deeply committed to issues like HIV criminalization, meaningful involvement of people living with HIV and racial justice.

Darwin Thompson

Darwin Thompson currently serves as the Associate Director for Corporate Giving were he manages Gilead’s domestic HIV grant-making. Darwin has more than 10 years of experience working with community-based organizations providing social and support services for marginalized populations.  Before Gilead, he served as Executive Director for a community nonprofit organization in Atlanta, Georgia focused on HIV prevention for Black Gay Men, where he provided financial and programmatic oversight as well as developed strategic partnerships and successful programs.  He is also trained in several CDC behavioral interventions including Mpowerment, dUP, Couples HIV Counseling and Testing, and Many Men Many Voices (3MV).  Before his work in Atlanta, Darwin was Dean of Students within the DC Public Schools system and managed corporate partnerships for a nonprofit specializing in housing and healthcare for homeless populations. 

Darwin is a proud graduate of Morehouse College where he earned a BA in Sociology and is also a graduate of the Satcher Community Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine.  When he is not working he spends his time refereeing women’s college basketball.

Christine Campbell

Christine Campbell is Sole Proprietor CMConsulting, focusing on social justice organization and strategy management with the highest levels of stakeholder engagement and integration. With more than 30 years of experience, she has worked for nonprofit organizations focused on social justice issues including poverty, racism, health disparities, homelessness and housing and other human rights issues. She has served in just about every capacity from direct service, technical assistance, advocacy to leadership. Her career has been built on her primary professional value – furthering social justice for all in terms of rights, opportunities, privilege, power and distribution of wealth within society. 

Ms. Campbell has her Masters of Science in Organization Development from American University.

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Flexible Networking Time
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12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Flexible Networking Time

One of the great parts of any conference are the “coffee chats” you might have with colleagues in between sessions. As such, we built in three “flexible networking times” on the Summit agenda to give you a chance to connect with other attendees. During those times – and any agenda breaks – you are welcome to:

  • Participate in specific networking events (see more on the agenda)
  • Visit the Expo booths
      • Check out some of the Summit sponsors
      • Visit FCAA’s booth to chat with staff, or find links to pre-reading or other resources shared during the panels
  • Connect with other attendees
  • Log off and tend to your personal and professional needs
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Grants & Membership Directory Preview session (FCAA Members Only)
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12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Grants & Membership Directory Preview session (FCAA Members Only)

FCAA welcomes its members to join Cat Gironda, Research & Program Manager, for a sneak peak and demo of FCAA’s first ever members-only Grants & Membership Directory. You will get to see the features available on the site, learn how to log-in, update your profile and organizational information, and how to perform searches in our brand new grants directory. Session open to all staff of active FCAA Member organizations. Come watch and learn, or bring any questions you may already have about this new tool!

Speakers

Cat Gironda
Research and Program Manager Caterina (Cat) Gironda joined FCAA in 2016. As part of a small team, she supports her colleagues on programming and communications for the organization, while her main role is to manage FCAA’s resource tracking project, wherein she collects and codes grants for their annual report, tracking the landscape of philanthropic support to address HIV/AIDS. Cat currently serves as a Steering Committee member for the DC chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP). In a previous life, Cat worked in higher education at North Carolina State University in Gender & Sexuality studies, where her research focused on feminism and activism in online spaces and her teaching highlighted gender and racial inequities in STEM fields. Her prior work in the nonprofit field includes stretches at Girl Rising and the Third Wave Fund, as well as early work in HIV/STI prevention education. Cat received her master’s degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from Brooklyn College.
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Centering HIV Positive Leadership in Philanthropy
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1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Centering HIV Positive Leadership in Philanthropy

At FCAA, we have reflected deeply on what it means to be a person living with HIV and working in philanthropy. To that end, we have invited a panel of HIV-positive grantmakers to share their stories and share how their lived experiences have shaped their work.

Additionally, in March 2021, Jonathan Cohen of the Open Society Foundations posted a picture after getting his COVID-19 vaccination, and at the same time, shared his HIV status publicly for the first time.

To set the context for this Summit session, we asked Jonathan to share his story in the following video. 

Speakers

Jesse Milan, Jr.

Mr. Milan is President & CEO of AIDS United a national organization focused on grant-making, policy and capacity building with the mission of ending AIDS in the U.S.  AIDS United has granted over $104 million to local communities during its 30-year history including over $5 million to 150 current grantees spanning 35 states.  A national expert on HIV, Mr. Milan is living with HIV for over 30 years.  He is chair emeritus and long-time board officer of the Black AIDS Institute, a Senior Fellow at Atlas Research, a Fellow at the Altarum Institute, and a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Global HIV.  Over the past three years he has worked as the HIV Subject Matter Expert consultant on federal projects including a CDC study assessing the impact of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and High Impact Prevention on health departments, and for a federal Department of Health and Human Services study assessing the entire federal investment on HIV and Viral Hepatitis for the Black MSM population.  Mr. Milan travels widely giving keynotes, trainings and presentations on HIV topics.  He has done three speaking tours of six African countries as an expert on HIV for the U.S. State Department, and has addressed millions including at the White House. A trusted partner and advisor, Mr. Milan was appointed in 2015 by the U.S. Global AIDS Ambassador to the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board.  In 2015 he was appointed to the Steering Committee of the AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) National Coordinating Resource Center, and in 2014 as the HIV Subject Matter Expert on the Advisory Board for the CDC’s National Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) Partners Network Resource Center. He served five years at the appointment of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services as co-chair of the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention, Treatment and Care, and chaired the CDC’s External Peer Review of the entire $750 million portfolio of the Division of HIV Prevention. He serves currently on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and on the Funders Concerned About AIDS Board of Directors. An experienced executive, he has managed annual budgets in excess of $20 million and 80-person staffs.  Mr. Milan was AIDS Director for the City of Philadelphia.  He worked fifteen years as a vice president at the Constella Group and at the Altarum Institute, while serving as project director for the seven-year $70 million CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) and Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative. He has chaired five non-profit boards of directors including ActionAIDS in Philadelphia, the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition, the Black AIDS Institute, and the Princeton Class of 1978 Foundation.  He chaired the Philadelphia Ryan White Planning Council, and served on planning committees for the 2012 International AIDS Conference, the 2015 USCA and two CDC National HIV Prevention Conferences.  A leader and lawyer, Mr. Milan served six yeas Chief of Staff to the President of Temple University and was a Philadelphia Deputy City Solicitor.   His numerous honors include from HRSA for “leading the national and international fight against HIV disease,” and the 2015 Public Service Award from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.   His law degree is from the New York University School of Law and his Bachelor’s in Public and International Affairs is from Princeton University.

P.J. Moton-Poole

Born in Tuscaloosa, AL, P.J. Moton-Poole, LMSW is a 2013 graduate of Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work in St. Louis, MO where he earned his Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Children, Youth and Families. P.J. is also a 2011 graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, TN where he earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Sociology.

For the past 15 years P.J. has worked  in the field of HIV/AIDS research, prevention and care and treatment, specifically focusing on Black Men and Black Trans Women. P.J. has become recognized as a leader among the Millennial generation of game changers in Public Health. 

Aside from serving as Senior Manager, External Affairs US where he oversees the Men of Color portfolios,  PJ is also husband (Isaiah) and a father (Kaiden, 10). In 2018 P.J. and Isaiah started PJ’s Popcorn & Snacks, a gourmet popcorn company with an emphasis on culture.

Tom Viola

Tom Viola is the Executive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), one of the nation’s leading industry-based not-for-profit fundraising and grant-making organizations. 

Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $300 million for essential services for people living with HIV/AIDS and other critical health issues nationwide.  broadwaycares.org

BC/EFA supports a wide variety of programs at The Actors’ Fund:  The HIV/AIDS Initiative; The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative; Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts; Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, The Dancers’ Resource; Addiction and Recovery Services and more.  In 2021, BC/EFA awarded The Actors Fund over $7.7 million.   Since 1988, $120 million.

In addition, BC/EFA awards grants to over 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.  In 2021, BC/EFA’s National Grants Program awarded more than $8 million to these social service agencies.  Since 1988, $130 million.

A native of Pittsburgh, Viola is a graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati. He performed in dinner theatres and regional theatres and worked as a freelance writer until 1987 when he was hired by Actors’ Equity Association for what was to be a temporary assignment. He became president Colleen Dewhurst’s executive assistant and, in 1988, the administrative director of the then-fledgling Equity Fights AIDS, until its merger with Broadway Cares in 1992.  He has been executive director since 1997.

Since 1998, Viola has served as a Trustee of The Actors Fund and is chair of The Actors Fund’s Human Services Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.

In 2010, Viola was awarded the Tony Honor “in recognition of the leadership, advocacy and creativity with which he has mobilized the theatre community’s response to AIDS and other critical health issues as executive director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.”

He’s also been honored with the Howard Ashman Award from GMHC, the Patrick Quinn Award for Distinguished Service from Actors’ Equity, the Sandy Fund Award from the Humane Society of New York and The Mosaic Award for Distinguished Alumni from the University of Cincinnati.  He never forgets that before all that he was also one hell of a cater-waiter.

Florence Thune

Florence Thune is the Executive Director for Sidaction, a French advocacy and grant-making organization funded in 1994. Its Board of directors is a coalition of scientists (including Pr Françoise Barre-Sinoussi, 2008 Physiology or Medicine Nobel Prize)), care providers, and HIV/aids community-based organizations’ representatives. Through its annual calls for proposals, Sidaction is funding HIV/aids research projects (99 projects in 2016, mainly in the field of basic science) as well as HIV/aids prevention and care projects in France (100 in 2016) and 20 other countries in the world (mostly in West Africa and Easter Europe). In addition, Sidaction provides its partners with technical assistance and capacity building for their local staff, more specifically in the field of HIV/aids paediatrics, access to prevention and care for key-affected populations as well in human and financial resources management. Sidaction is also actively involved in advocacy both in France and at the international level to influence public policy and to come to the support of its partner organizations.

Florence Thune joined Sidaction in 2005, first as Training Programme Officer for community-based organizations within the International Programmes department and five years later became the Head of the Capacity Building Unit. She took the position of Director of the National Programmes Department (for France) in June 2015 and was finally appointed as Sidaction Executive Director in May 2017. As a graduate of a French international business and management school, Florence started to work in the humanitarian field in 1987 with Handicap International, a large French non-governmental organization working on disability issues at an international level. She spent nine years in the field as Head of Humanitarian Missions in Djibouti and Somalia, as well as in Thailand and Pakistan. She then worked for nine years at Handicap International’s headquarters in France, first as a Programmes Desk Officer then as Deputy Director in charge of institutional donor relations. During this time, she directly contributed to Handicap International’s involvement in the field of HIV and disability in several programmes across Africa and Asia. Florence also serves on the Board of Directors for FCAA.

Florence Thune has been living with HIV for 21 years and regularly shares her own experience in the media in order to fight against discrimination and the growing invisibility of people living with HIV.  

Aryah Lester

Aryah Lester, nationally awarded author, as well as a speaker and educator, is a black woman of transgender experience from New York living in Washington DC. Ms. Lester was the last-standing 2-term Chair for the State of Florida Health Department's Transgender Work Group, former Chair-Elect of the Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership, and is an Advisory Board member of Unity Coalition (UC|CU). Ms. Lester is a board member of Equality Florida's TransAction Florida committee, and helped to create the TransArt series with the Betsy Hotel, the LGBT Visitors Center, and UC|CU. She also sat as a member on the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) Transgender Networking Group. Ms. Lester is also Board Chair of STARR, the nation’s first transgender organization initially founded by Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, and Advisory Board Member for Gilead Sciences, The Well Project, and ViiV Healthcare.

Aryah Lester founded the organization Trans-Miami during her time as a expert consult member of the Miami Enhanced Comprehensive HIV Prevention Plan for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and 12-Cities Project, as well as continued the work of her organization, the National Alliance of Transgender Advocates and Leaders (NATAL). She contracts with universities as a guest lecturer, and is a consultant with government agencies such as the Department of Justice and Homeland Security. Ms. Lester has been recognized with many awards (including from the Miami Dolphins, GoMag, Poz Magazine, and the National Trans March), featured in numerous national articles, and was inducted into the national Trans100 list. She currently works as Deputy Director of the Transgender Strategy Center (www.transgenderstrategy.org).

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