John D. Hamiga

Technology Exchange Specialist, UCSF

John has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of New Mexico and he has been a trainer and technical assistance specialist at CAPS since 2003. He began his work in HIV in 1991 as a volunteer with the National Association of People Living with AIDS.

Later, he worked as the volunteer coordinator at the first showing of the Names Project Quilt in Albuquerque in 1994. John began working as an Mpowerment Project Coordinator in Albuquerque, NM in 1997 and became the Mpowerment Project team leader in 1998. As such, he was responsible for the day to day operations of the Mpowerment Project including organizing a Core Group, managing formal outreach activities, facilitating and recruiting for M-groups, promoting informal outreach, publicizing the program, and coordinating volunteers. He has made presentations on the Mpowerment Project model at national conferences and was featured in a 2000 CDC teleconference on HIV prevention for gay men. He has experience working on the Mpowerment Project under the supervision of the researchers and working at CBOs once the original study concluded. Therefore, he is intimately familiar with the issues faced by CBOs when implementing this prevention model. Mr. Hamiga was also a trainer at the California STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, and has also worked on a project to assist CBOs to adapt the Mpowerment Project and other community level HIV prevention models to the transgender community. John lives in San Francisco and loves the liberal environment, but he still misses the New Mexican lifestyle.