Our History

Founded in 2008 as a response to the growing disparities faced by the LGBT community in the Inland Empire, TruEvolution is dedicated to fighting for LGBT justice and advocating for the prevention & elimination of HIV/AIDS in America.


TruEvolution was founded by a group of youth activists determined to use education and leadership as vehicles for empowering marginalized and underserved youth in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Over the last 5 years, TruEvolution has committed itself to addressing the social determinants of health disproportionately impacting LGBTQ youth, such as homelessness, social displacement, and homophobia.


As a Ryan White-funded HIV/AIDS service organization, TruEvolution works with high-risk and underserved youth populations by engaging in community organizing efforts, prevention services, and improving access to care for those living with HIV/AIDS through a holistic and humanizing approach.


TruEvolution’s ultimate goal is to create a youth-driven movement that will promote health equity, racial justice, gender and sexual equality for all underserved youth in the Inland Empire.

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Our Team

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Gabriel Maldonado, MBA

FOUNDER AND CEO

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Marguerite Wheeler-Lara

Chief of Staff

Robbie Manjarrez +

Robbie Manjarrez

Creative and Marketing Assistant

Sanisha 'Sunni' Meador +

Sanisha 'Sunni' Meador

Director of Advocacy

Jarrel Armster +

Jarrel Armster

Creative Director

Berta Contreras +

Berta Contreras

Senior Director of Health Services

Jorge Delos Santos +

Jorge Delos Santos

Community Organizer

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Valerie Spencer, MSW

Behavioral Health Specialist

Our Board

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Dr. Brandon Brown, PHD MPH

Chair of the Board of Directors

Dr. Brandon Brown, is an Epidemiologist and Assistant Professor at the UC Riverside School of Medicine and his research has been focused on global health and bioethics. He has been working in the arena of HIV prevention for over ten years, with the majority of his work in Latin America, Nigeria, and Mexico with long-term partners. Dr. Brown’s experience working in studies focused on HIV and HPV epidemiology, HPV vaccination, HIV prevention, HIV stigma reduction, and HIV treatment with marginalized communities will be key in the proposed project due to his experience encountering firsthand ethical dilemmas in global studies. He has a history of working on innovative projects including HPV vaccine introduction for high risk groups, examining the role of genital warts on HIV incidence, use of prophylactic HPV vaccine as a therapy for anal cancer, and retrospective examination of the ethics of study participation including incentives. Dr. Brown has several publications focused on ethical issues in HIV studies and incentives used in clinical research studies, and he completed advanced training in HIV research ethics at the Fordham research ethics training institute. He also recently was a Hastings Center visiting scholar, where he presented on incentives in research and discussed study options with the Board and Hastings Fellows.

  • Gabriel Maldonado, MBA
    Executive Committee

  • Toi Thibodeaux
    Parliamentarian

  • Darlene Elliot
    Vice Chair

  • Hillary Jenks, PHD
    Secretary

  • Tiana Tippens
    Treasurer

  • Denisse Lopez
    Board Member

  • Sirvard Manasyan
    Board Member

  • Aaron T. Gardner, MA, MPH
    Board Member