Richard Strange
HOPE Ambassador
Washington, DC

Richard Strange (he/him) grew up in London and graduated from King's College, Cambridge in 1963 with a degree in Physiology and Chemistry. He then spent five years in Africa, initially in Ghana as a school-teacher and member of VSO, the British Peace Corps. After ten years working in London, he moved to the USA in 1978 to work in IT for the US Environmental Protection Agency but then joined the IT staff of the World Bank in Washington DC in 1991, where he worked until 2012. Since the mid-1990s, he has been a volunteer participant in numerous NIH studies, including eight phase-1 drug trials, and vaccine studies and as a tissue donor. In 2010, he joined the CAB for the DC Cohort, a longitudinal study of HIV treatment in Washington DC, when it was first set up. In 2017 he joined the CAB for the BELIEVE HIV Cure study and is now on the CAB for its successor study, REACH.

Thomas Villa
HOPE Ambassador
Washington, DC

Thomas J Villa (he/him) is a longtime advocate for the LGBT community, an accomplished leader and successful business executive. He has thirty years of success building and leading new teams and new businesses, primarily in healthcare services. In 2017 Tom co-founded Impacto LGBT, a nonprofit community-based organization that serves the LGBT Latinx community of Northern Virginia. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, graduate studies in Health Systems Management (University of Baltimore) and Leadership (Walden University), and is a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army. Tom leverages his experience as a long-term survivor of HIV through service on community advisory boards for the DC Clinical Trials Unit of the ACTG led by George Washington University/Milken School of Public Health and the Whitman-Walker Institute; on the Virginia Community HIV Planning Group; as an Ambassador for the HOPE Martin Delaney Collaboratory for HIV Cure Research; through volunteer participation in various clinical trials focused on ending the HIV epidemic; and as a Convening Member for the National HIV & Aging Advocacy Network. Tom is an avid reader and a practicing writer. He is a longtime resident of the Washington metropolitan area and enjoys its rich cultural offerings, the diversity of its people, and spending time with friends and family including his four grown children.

Ebony Gordon
HOPE CAB Coordinator
San Franscisco AIDS Foundation
San Francisco, CA

Ebony Gordon (she/her) is the program coordinator of the SFAF aging services, she is a new member of the SF Bay Area community. She has served in the HIV space for over seven years in the South and has worked in a variety of roles from prevention and education and trauma-focused case management to direct support services and volunteer roles. Ebony’s continued mission has been to demystify the stigma surrounding HIV and to eradicate the epidemic through trauma-informed care, education, advocacy, and prevention efforts. Ebony is currently doing work to honor and support Black women in conversations surrounding HIV and to create brave spaces wherein Black women living with HIV can center their own health, wellness, joy, happiness, and pleasure. She hopes to strengthen her work by completing her master’s degree to licensure in clinical mental health counseling. Ebony loves to spend her time listening to true crime podcasts, doing her makeup, and drinking extra sweet vanilla lattes in small cafes.

Vincent Crisostomo
HOPE CAB Coordinator
San Franscisco AIDS Foundation
San Francisco, CA

Vincent Crisostomo (he/his) is the director of Aging Services; San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) San Francisco, CA. Vince Crisostomo is a gay Chamorro (Pacific Islander) long-term HIV/AIDS survivor who believes in the healing power of community and has dedicated more than 30 years to HIV/AIDS activism and LGBTQ communities. He is passionate about bringing health care to all and social justice equity to people of every sexual identity, HIV status, gender, race and age. Vince is currently SFAF’s Director of Aging Services; from 2014 to 2020 he managed SFAF’s Elizabeth Taylor 50 Plus Network for long-term HIV survivors. He was an active member of the Mayor’s Long-Term Care Coordinating Council where he co-chaired the HIV & Aging Work Group. Vince has led a number of grassroots HIV advocacy & LGBTQ organizations both in the U.S. and overseas. He was executive director of the Coalition of Asia Pacific Regional Networks on HIV/AIDS, founded the Pacific Island Jurisdiction AIDS Action Group, and served as a United Nations NGO delegate for the Asia Pacific. In 2019 he was named Community Grand Marshall for San Francisco Pride by popular vote.