Maggie Esquivel is currently the Chief of Direct Community Services (DCS) within the Division of HIV and STD Programs (DHSP). She has been working for the County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health within the DHSP, formally the Office of AIDS Programs and Policy, since 2000.
During her tenure at DHSP, Maggie led a number of demonstration projects that innovated HIV and STD testing protocols, developed service networks, created services for incarcerated populations, improved prevention services among highly impacted communities, and launched new linkage services for individuals who needed additional support to enter and engage in HIV specialty care and care coordination services. Maggie now manages DHSP DCS staff who provide direct HIV and STD testing and education, Linkage and Re-engagement Program services, and Partner Services.
Prior to her role with the County, Maggie provided HIV/AIDS training and technical assistance through a CDC funded Capacity Building Assistance provider. Maggie has a longstanding commitment to social justice, community health, and making meaningful system-wide changes to improve access to equitable services. She volunteered during a time when few treatment interventions were available for HIV and has since dedicated her personal and professional life to serving, volunteering, and advocating on behalf of persons within the spectrum of HIV.