Building our movement takes a village. A very special thanks to our Policy Coach team, who have generously agreed to serve as mentors and coaches to the Policy Fellows for Year 1. We can’t do this without you!
Kathie M. Hiers
Kathie M. Hiers is the Chief Executive Officer of AIDS Alabama, a nonprofit organization in Alabama that provides housing and supportive services to low-income persons with HIV/AIDS, as well as education, outreach, linkage to care, and testing. AIDS Alabama has subcontracts with the other eight AIDS Service Organizations and several clinics in Alabama to provide services to all 67 counties. Kathie has been with AIDS Alabama since January 2001. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of Mobile AIDS Support Services and founder of the Lee Simmons Fund for People Living with AIDS in Mobile, Alabama. AIDS Alabama recently acquired the AIDS Service Organization in Mobile, now called AIDS Alabama South.
Kathie and her colleagues in the Southern AIDS Coalition were instrumental in getting the Ryan White CARE Act modernized in 2006 so that the federal funds are more equitably distributed. Kathie was also a tireless advocate for 15 years in persuading Congress to update the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS legislation so that the dollars more appropriately follow the epidemic. This law was modernized in 2016.
Suraj Madoori is Treatment Action Group’s (TAG) Senior Health Policy Officer, supporting TAG’s DC-based federal and global policy work across the HIV, TB and HCV projects. Prior to joining TAG, Suraj was the Associate Director of the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA) and National/Federal Policy at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) – managing and organizing a 13,000-member network focused on human rights and social justice issues in the domestic epidemic. He’s worked extensively in partnership with PWN-USA and considers himself an “official-unofficial” PWNer.
Kimberly Miller is Senior Policy Officer for the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), the professional home for more than 5,000 physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals dedicated to the field of HIV/AIDS. In this position since May, 2009, Kim leads HIVMA policy and advocacy efforts on key issue areas, including appropriations, research, and promotion of science-based prevention and implementation of health care reform. Ms. Miller previously worked for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the US House of Representatives as a legislative aide to U.S. Representative Tony Hall (D-OH), and with Catholic Relief Services including two years in Senegal (West Africa). She holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, and an M.A. from Clark University.
Jessica is a passionate advocate for sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice. For more than 15 years, she has worked to engage, educate, and mobilize communities on health justice issues impacting women and people living with and vulnerable to HIV. Over her career, she has built advocacy capacity among community organizations and facilitated their development of strategic plans, policy priorities, and campaigns. Over her career at AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Jessica has developed and implemented training programs on new and emerging HIV prevention options, including PrEP, treatment as prevention, microbicides, and female condoms. She currently oversees AFC’s advocacy efforts as well as the Midwest HIV Prevention & Pregnancy Planning Initiative, a program focused on improving the sexual and reproductive health care of women living with and vulnerable to HIV.