Raniyah Copeland joined the Black AIDS Institute (the Institute) in 2008 and currently serves as the Director of Programs. In this role she is the organization’s chief HIV prevention and treatment expert and manages all HIV treatment, prevention and community mobilization training and engagement programs at the Institute. Leading the Programs Team, she manages such programs as the Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN), the African American HIV University (AAHU), and the Greater Than AIDS campaign.
Experienced in direct-services, Copeland worked at Planned Parenthood Pasadena as a Health Educator promoting healthy sexual choices and conducting HIV and STI testing and counseling. She also provided comprehensive case management and transitional support to homeless clients while coordinating temporary placements of clients in her role as a Crisis Case Manager. Deeply committed to the Black community, she served as the Executive Director of the Black Recruitment and Retention Center managing the joint effort between students and the University of California, Berkeley to increase and retain Black students in the UC System.
Copeland attended the University of California, Berkeley studying the field of Public Health and African American Studies and has a Masters in Urban Public Health from Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles.