Meet Our 2019 Honorary Co-Chairs
New this year, the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) is announcing that there will be not just one, but three Honorary Co-Chairs for this year’s AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run. Nationally-recognized HIV activists Naina Khanna, Mondo Guerra and Cleve Jones will all serve as Honorary Co-Chairs to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the largest HIV fundraising event in Wisconsin.
Naina Khanna is a national speaker, trainer and advocate who has worked in the HIV field since 2005 following her HIV diagnosis in 2002. Khanna is currently Executive Director at Positive Women’s Network, and serves on the Board of Directors for AIDS United, the National Steering Committee for the US People Living with HIV Caucus, as a member of the Women’s HIV Research Initiative, and served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).
Mondo Guerra is a Mexican-American fashion designer who finished as runner-up on Season 8 of Project Runway, and later won the series’ first season of Project Runway All Stars. After coming out as HIV positive on the show, Guerra has become a spokesperson for two national HIV campaigns. Guerra has designed clothing to help advance the conversation about the HIV epidemic, and speaks to audiences about HIV stigma and “AIDS phobia” within the gay community.
Cleve Jones is a human rights activist, lecturer and author of When We Rise. Mentored by pioneer LGBT activist Harvey Milk, Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983 and founded The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, one of the world’s largest community art projects. A longtime survivor of HIV, Jones continues to speak and write about the HIV epidemic today, and works as an organizer for the hospitality workers’ union, UNITE HERE.