Donald R. Powell, Mhs

Sr. Director of Policy & Development
Exponents, Inc.
New York, New York

Donald R. Powell has worked in the field of human services for 26 years. His particular interest is working with marginalized communities (e.g. homeless, substance misuse, LGBT). Mr. Powell began his career in 1992 working with HIV infected men and women reintegrating into the community from incarceration. Alpha worked for over a decade with the nation’s oldest organization for Black Gay Men, where he developed programming and training initiatives that sought to reduce stigma and affirm the lives of the men who sought services within the agency. He is a former member of both the NYS & NYC HIV Planning Groups. Mr. Powell is also a first year scholar of the Institute for HIV Prevention Leadership, a fellowship initiative of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Association of Schools of Public Health. He holds a Masters in Human Services from Lincoln University, the nation’s oldest HBCU and is currently studying for his CASAC. In his present position as Sr. Director of Policy & Development for Exponents, he works with members of the executive management team to identify resources, secure funding and address technical assistance needs and oversees the development of policy initiatives related to substance use treatment, incarceration and increasing the quality of life of the LGBT community. He is the Sr. Administrator for the agency’s CDC-funded initiatives and serves as Principal Investigator for a SAMHSA program for HIV+ and high risk negative young gay & bisexual men and transgender women of color.

Mr. Powell currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Urban Coalition for HIV Prevention Services, a national technical assistance agency, working in jurisdictions with the highest rates of HIV infection, and is a member of the Ryan White Planning Council of NYC, where he serves on the the Integration of Care committee.


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