Matthew is the Director of US Policy & Advocacy at Health GAP and a longstanding HIV and social justice activist. He brings over a decade of experience in community engagement, federal health policy, HIV science, and advancing health equity. Prior to joining Health GAP, 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 liaison in the highly complex field of HIV vaccine research. He serves on the Board of Directors for the AIDS Treatment Activist Coalition (ATAC), a national coalition of AIDS activists—many living with HIV/AIDS—working together to end the AIDS epidemic by advancing research on HIV.
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