Wanda Powell (she / her)

Peer Navigator

Wanda has been an ally of the LGBTQ community for over 30 years who has seen, firsthand, the isolation disparities of those living with HIV in Milwaukee.  She has worked at some of the city’s most reputable agencies where she gained a great deal of knowledge to aid in the reduction of disparities in the LGBTQ community.  Wanda has passions for advocating, serving underserved and underprivileged women in the community, and gaining an understanding of what these women need in order to function as successful people.  She has led and rallied for the SISTA (Sisters Informing Sisters on Topics of AIDS / HIV) program, where she informed the community of HIV / AIDS while also advising these women on the topics of self-esteem, self-care, and making the right choices when it comes to their bodies.  Wanda has held several seminars and trainings at Marquette University and various women’s correctional facilities as well as other events throughout the city of Milwaukee aimed at reducing HIV / AIDS disparities in the community.

Wanda is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She is positive, hard-working, dedicated, and strong-minded.  She holds an associate degree in human services from Milwaukee Area Technical College.  Her goal is to bring HIV awareness in cisgender women to the forefront.  Wanda enjoys traveling and trying out new restaurants.  Fun Fact: she is the first clown of color to perform with the Shrine Circus of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.