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Policy & Advocacy Staff

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Kennedy Bradley
Community Outreach and Education Specialist

Kennedy’s work at AFC involves community building for the Getting to Zero Illinois project, specifically creating spaces for marginalized people to lead and participate in GTZ-IL initiatives. Prior to joining AFC, Kennedy worked in the mental health field in roles such as a therapist for children and families and a case manager for older adults with severe mental illnesses. She earned a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration in Clinical Work and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in Psychology. Contact Kennedy at KBrookins@aidschicago.org.

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Aisha Davis
Director of Policy

As Director of Policy, Aisha’s work at AFC involves monitoring and analyzing federal policy as it relates to people living with or vulnerable to HIV, including federal healthcare policy and Medicaid. Prior to joining AFC, Aisha has dedicated her legal career to civil and human rights advocacy, and has worked both domestically and internationally. Although she calls Chicago home, Aisha was born in Washington, DC and raised there and in Prince George’s County, MD. Growing up near the nation’s capitol inspired Aisha’s passion for advocacy, and her family’s influence sparked her desire to use her voice for the betterment of her community. She obtained her JD from Columbia Law School and LLM from the University of London in Human Rights, Conflict, and Justice, completing the degree program with a dissertation on intersectionality and international human rights. Outside of her work in advocacy, Aisha enjoys Black speculative fiction and most things nerdy. Contact Aisha at ADavis@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

Nadeen Israel
Vice President of Policy and Advocacy

Nadeen has spent the last decade in the health policy and advocacy field in Illinois, working closely with other advocate and activist leaders across the state on issues impacting the Medicaid program, Affordable Care Act, mental health and substance use system, housing, and state budget and tax policy. Nadeen previously served as the Director of Policy & Advocacy at EverThrive Illinois, where she led the organization’s policy development and implementation efforts on issues that focused on maternal, child and adolescent health, including school-based health centers, immunizations, and maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. One of Nadeen’s proudest accomplishments in her state-level advocacy work is collaborating with health policy leaders across the state in a coalition that successfully advocated for legislation to expand the IL Medicaid Program, which granted health care access to an estimated 650,000 Illinoisans experiencing financial hardship. Nadeen holds a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration in Social Policy and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Business Administration. Contact Nadeen at NIsrael@aidschicago.org.

Timothy Jackson
Director of Government Relations

Timothy’s work at AFC includes developing and managing the organization’s government relations activities specializing in HIV-related state legislative matters regarding appropriations, health care reform and policy issues impacting the social determinates of health and health disparities. He brings extensive experience in HIV advocacy, grassroots organizing, political campaigns and lobbying to the Policy and Advocacy team. Timothy was born and raised in the Deep South and recently served as a staffer to a Member of Congress prior to joining AFC. He also had the privilege to serve as Board President for Thrive Alabama—an AIDS Service Organization and Federally Qualified Health Center providing medical and support services care to the people of north Alabama. His career is centered on a promise made to a late aunt who died from AIDS-related complications that he would spend the rest of his life advocating on behalf of people living with HIV and amplifying their voices. Timothy is a proud Political Science alum of Mississippi State University. Hail State! Contact Timothy at TJackson@aidschicago.org

Meg McElroy
Manager Policy and Advocacy Special Projects

Meg McElroy (she/her) helps leads work of the AIDS Foundation Chicago’s Policy and Advocacy team as the Manager of Policy Special Projects. In her role, she focuses on advancing and implementing the department’s public health policy agenda on state and local levels through the coalition, legislative, and community work AFC engages in. In addition to the various special projects Meg helps to lead, she serves as a project manager of the statewide Getting to Zero Illinois initiative. Meg brings her extensive clinical experience, facilitation skills, and program coordination to AFC, most recently working as a clinician and senior administrator focusing on maternal and infant health outcomes. With her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a BA in Social Work with a Minor in Women’s Studies from Lewis University, her career has centered on LGBTQIA and Women’s Health issues. Contact Meg at MMcElroy@aidschicago.org

Sara Semelka
Special Projects Manager

In her work with AFC, Sara focuses 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