Laura Thomas, Deputy State Director, San Francisco
Laura Thomas is the San Francisco deputy state director where she oversees the organization's Model City Initiative for San Francisco. She has 25 years of experience in HIV and public health policy, along with a strong commitment to community advocacy, thoughtful policy analysis and coalition building. She first became involved in AIDS activism with ACT UP in San Francisco. More recently, she was a consultant specializing in HIV policy and planning, with clients ranging from the California State Office of AIDS to the National Association of People with AIDS. Before that she worked for Tenderloin Health and Continuum HIV Day Services, nonprofit health and social service providers serving a predominantly homeless population in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood, and for the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
Thomas has been a syringe access volunteer for more than 15 years, and helped organize a successful 2007 symposium on safe injection facilities. She is proud to have received the AIDS Hero Award from the 2000 AIDS Candlelight Memorial. She serves on the HIV Prevention Planning Council and the HIV Health Services Planning Council in San Francisco and is on the Steering Committee for the national HIV Prevention Justice Alliance.
Thomas graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 1995 with a Masters in public health and a Masters in public policy. She also holds a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University.