Ricky Rosales was appointed the sixth AIDS Coordinator for the City of Los Angeles on July 1, 2012. In this role, he advises the Mayor and City Council on HIV, Hepatitis and related health issues. He is currently serving as co-chair of the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV and has previously chaired both the Los Angeles County HIV Prevention Planning Committee and the California HIV Planning Group. Ricky joined the CHIPTS CAB because of his interest in expanding the visibility of locally developed research and programs in the prevention field. Interventions that take into account the unique needs of the local community are vital to stemming the spread of HIV in Los Angeles.