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Policy & Advocacy Staff

Kirstin Brockenborough
Policy Communications Specialist

Kirstin is a Black queer advocate and activist who manages the SpeakUP national project for AFC, and part of HIV Prevention justice Alliance focusing on the intersectionality of race, class and gender within public health. Also, Kirstin is a member of the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) in Chicago addressing the structural barriers Black people experience accessing essential resources for survival.  Contact Kirstin at KBrockenborough@aidschicago.org.


Daniel M.O. Frey
Director of Government Relations

Daniel leads AFC’s advocacy and policy agenda at the state and local levels, working to enact sound HIV/AIDS and health care public policy.  He began working at AFC in February of 2015.  He previously worked on House Speaker Michael J. Madigan’s Research & Appropriations staff where he was the lead staffer on the Illinois Department of Public Health issues and policy.  He holds an Master of Arts from Northwestern University in Public Policy & Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign in Political Science and History. Contact Dan at DFrey@aidschicago.org.


Ramon Gardenhire
Vice President of Policy

Ramon oversees AFC's advocacy and policy work at the federal, state and local level. He previously served as AFC's Director of Government Relations from 2011 to 2013, working in Springfield to enact sound HIV/AIDS public policy, defend the rights of people with HIV, and advocate for increased services and prevention for people living with and vulnerable to HIV. Before coming to AFC, Ramon worked at the SEIU Healthcare Illinois-Indiana, Federation for Community Schools, Young Democrats of America, National Democratic Committee, The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants, where he worked on state level political and legislative initiatives. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University and a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School. Contact Ramon at RGardenhire@aidschicago.org.

Coleman Goode
Manager, Community Organizing

Prior to joining AFC, Coleman was the Chief of Staff for Illinois State Representative Greg Harris. In that role he learned about public policy in the state of Illinois, and developed a passion for helping those in his community. He was born and raised in South Central Texas by a strong mother that instilled his passion for helping those who can’t help themselves. He is passionate about helping marginalized communities including but not limited to communities of color, LGBTQ+, sex workers and homeless youth achieve full health equity. Contact Coleman at CGoode@aidschicago.org.


Kim L. Hunt

Executive Director - Pride Action Tank

Kim has a 30-year career that spans the public, private, and nonprofit sectors with a focus on advocacy and nonprofit management. She is currently the executive director of Pride Action Tank (PAT), a social justice lab devoted to improving outcomes for LGBTQ communities through a collaborative process of inquiry, advocacy, and action. PAT is a project of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, where Ms. Hunt also serves as an advocacy advisor. She is a co-host of a monthly LGBTQ storytelling event, political columnist for a quarterly gay men’s fashion magazine, and a member of various boards and advisory councils. Contact Kim at KHunt@aidschicago.org


Meg McElroy

Policy and Advocacy Project Specialist

Meg’s work at AFC focuses on the state and local special projects of the Policy & Advocacy team, including Getting to Zero Illinois. She brings her extensive experience in clinical counseling and program coordination to the organization. Her career centers LGBTQ and Women’s Health issues, and more recently supporting new parents. Meg holds her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and BA in Social Work with a Minor in Women’s Studies from Lewis University. Contact Meg at MMcElroy@aidschicago.org


Sara Semelka
Prevention Technology Education Manager

In her work with AFC she focusing on educating the HIV workforce and HIV-impacted communities in Chicago and throughout the Midwest on prevention methods including PrEP and female condoms. Her projects at AFC center on women’s health needs and empowering cis and trans women to advocate for their sexual health. Before coming to AFC, Sara was a journalist for a daily newspaper and earned a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Missouri. Contact Sara at SSemelka@aidschicago.org

Jackie Thaney
Project Manager- Pride Action Tank

Jackie has over 20 years’ experience working in the nonprofit community as an administrator and event planner. She managed the vendor fair at the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago, and was the volunteer bus coordinator for the 2013 March on Springfield for Marriage Equality. Jackie enjoyed the opportunity to help with the organization and logistics at AFC’s 2015 Advocacy Days and is looking forward to assisting with more AFC Policy and Advocacy events. Contact Jackie at JThaney@aidschicago.org