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

Gabriel Maldonado +

Gabriel Maldonado, MBA

FOUNDER AND CEO

Marguerite Wheeler-Lara +

Marguerite Wheeler-Lara

Chief of Staff

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Robbie Manjarrez

Creative and Marketing Assistant

Sanisha 'Sunni' Meador +

Sanisha 'Sunni' Meador

Director of Advocacy

Jarrel Armster +

Jarrel Armster

Creative Director

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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