Local Planning Group Co-Chairs Elected

// Steering Committee
Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Steering Committee is excited to announce the election of Larkin Callaghan and Rob Newells as Co-Chairs of the AIDS 2020 Local Planning Group. Both of these individuals bring expertise, experience and commitment to local communities to their roles. We look forward to growing and realizing our vision for local activities surrounding this conference under their leadership.

Dr. Larkin Callaghan

As the director of communications and partnerships for the AIDS Research Institute, Dr. Callaghan oversees media, messaging, and translational research communications for the HIV enterprise at UCSF; relationships with community, city, and state partners; and partnerships with external governing and research bodies. Her experience encompasses work in academia, non-profits, and NGOs.

Previously managing director of the UCSF-Gladstone Center for AIDS Research, director of global health education and training programs and professor of research methods at Stanford, and associate research scientist at ICAP, she has launched multilateral research-clinical partnership projects with foreign governments and federal agencies, negotiated financial and policy partnerships, and directed implementation, communications, and evaluation in over 20 countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and SE Asia.

Rev. Rob Newells

Rev. Rob Newells is an Associate Minister at the Imani Community Church and has served as Executive Director for AIDS Project of the East Bay since 2015. He is an Oakland, California, native and United States Marine Corps veteran.

 Rev. Rob is a contributing author to the book Struggling in Good Faith: LGBTQI Inclusion from 13 American Religious Perspectives for which he penned the chapter on “The Black Church.”

Rev. Rob was a 2011 Fellow of the Black AIDS Institute’s African American HIV University Community Mobilization College and has been a biomedical HIV prevention research advocate with AVAC since 2012. He currently serves as Co-Chair for the AIDS 2020 Local Planning Group and as Community Advisory Board Co-Chair for the AmfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research.