Evan Thornburg
Evan Thornburg currently serves as the Health Equity Special Advisor for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health in the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office and has previously served the City and residents of Philadelphia as the Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs and the Director of Training and Program Development of the Mayor’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Kenney Administration. Evan is an expert in intersectionality, specializing in policy and legislation drafting and design, equity-based program development, and comprehensive training on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Evan grew up between Philadelphia, PA and Houston, TX, received her BA in American Studies/Civilizations from Ursinus College, and is completing a Master’s in Urban Bioethics at Temple School of Medicine. Evan has trained thousands of individuals and collaborated with hundreds of organizations and institutions over the last 14 years when it comes to inclusion, competency, advocacy, and proactive engagement of marginalized/vulnerable communities, specifically LGBTQ folx, people of color, elders, people living with HIV, and youth. Currently some of Evan’s more profound and exciting work is drafting and implementing AACO’s first Health Equity Policy as a central component of the End the HIV Epidemic in Philadelphia, executing an equity assessment and plans of action for all new grantees at AACO, and redesigning the Request for Proposal process in several Health Department divisions by applying measurable equity requirements. Evan’s past accomplishments have been co-creating an expansive prevention-based Healthcare Initiative for LGBTQ+ Elders, executing the LGBTQ Leadership Pipeline Program and the LGBTQ State of the Union annual event at the Kimmel Center, and providing Diversity and LGBTQ+ competency trainings for Philadelphia City departments so they can make working at the city for the 27,000+ city workers and the 1.6 million city residents they serve more inclusive and equitable. Evan believes there’s never too much reading, coffee, or drawing that can be had or done in this world, all of which she likes to do with her furry best dog friend, Harley Quinn.

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