Interim Executive Director
Phone: (510) 986-0340 ext. 4052
WORLD welcomes Carla Dillard Smith as Interim Executive Director.
Oakland-based HIV/AIDS researcher and activist, Carla Dillard Smith has joined WORLD as a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Since 1992, an on the ground researcher and public policy guru, Ms. Smith intimately understands the challenges facing communities to fully address the epidemic and WORLD’s mission.
In her role, Ms. Smith will support WORLD’s commitment to mobilize and sustain a comprehensive and inclusive HIV/AIDS support services and advocacy for women in Oakland and the East Bay.
Prior to joining WORLD, Ms. Smith served as Deputy Director at CAL-PEP, where she oversaw strategic partnerships resulting in significant HIV resources in local East Bay communities, helped to launch and implement 15 community based HIV/AIDS prevention and education projects leading to national best practice models, and doubled as the agency’s Research Director, serving as principal investigator on several behavioral research projects, including longitudinal studies, and co-authoring 10 articles recognized as evidence based practice. For a short term Ms. Smith also served as Community Relations Director of Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, and played a significant role in the City of Oakland’s publication of “Is Your City a Shadow City?”, which was published at the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC July 2012.
She has returned to work in HIV after a 3 year hiatus.
“With more than 30 years of public policy, political and community relations expertise, we recognize that Carla will be an asset to WORLD’s community driven efforts,” said Cynthia Carey Grant Executive Director. “It is truly an honor to have a leader of Carla’s caliber, who has been on the frontline of the fight against HIV/AIDS, join us at this pivotal stage in WORLD’s evolution.”