Gabby has been in the field of HIV since 1997, she first became a Certified HIV Counselor in 1999; with 22 years of formal HIV experience, Gabby has held multiple positions in HIV and Public Health, initially as a front-line HIV worker and 18 years in leadership roles which include managing Prevention and Care Services, including HEP C and PrEP/PEP access. Her experience includes working in the non-profit, for-profit, and government sector. Gabby has been involved in local, state, and national HIV planning groups to ensure the needs of minority groups are represented.
In 2017, Gabby co-founded Indigenous Pride Los Angeles (IPLA), a social activism and pride organization for Native and Indigenous LGBTQ-Two Spirit Indigenous persons (https://indigenouspridela.org/
). IPLA hosts the only Pride event in California that is specific to Indigenous/Native LGBTQ+ persons. Additionally, it’s Indigenous and Native American members work all year round to help reduce social disparities, connection and reconnection to ancestry, heritage and culture as a method to reducing mental health, substance misuse, and increase social/cultural connectivity.
Gabby is a subject matter expert in addressing HIV/LGBTQ+ stigma, HIV Prevention – and Continuum of Care, mental health, community engagement and mobilization as well as Leadership Development. Gabby is Studer trained in Evidence Based Leadership, is the co-creator and writer of educational videos targeting vulnerable population, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration