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Policy & Advocacy Staff


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’s role is to stay abreast of and leverage knowledge of critical healthcare delivery systems like Medicaid, Housing, Ryan White, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to influence health policy that affects communities, HIV providers, and payers. In addition, Nadeen helps lead AFC’s policy development process and provides policy analysis and support for the implementation of AFC’s policy priorities on health care delivery systems like Medicaid. She previously served as the Director of Policy & Advocacy at EverThrive Illinois where she led the organization’s policy development and implementation efforts on issues ranging from Medicaid and the ACA to maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. She holds an Master of Arts from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration in Social Policy and Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Business Administration. Contact Nadeen at NIsrael@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
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