Linda H. Scruggs is an AIDS educator, activist, master trainer, and a renowned leader in the HIV community. Linda has worked in the HIV/AIDS community for more than 23 years. During this time she has served numerous committees and boards in the national and international HIV communities. Media outlets such as ESSENCE, POZ, HIV Plus, and CNN have published about her, her family, and the work she has done to denounce stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV/AIDS.
She has achieved numerous accomplishments as she stands to be a positive voice in the HIV community. In 2010, she received an Honorable Mention by President Barack Obama. Also, in 2012, she was invited to be a plenary speaker at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. She is also a co-founder of the Positive Women’s Network USA and The National Black Woman HIV Network.
In August 2012, Linda founded JD Ribbon Consulting Group (Ribbon) together with her colleague Vanessa Johnson. Before starting Ribbon, Linda served as the Director of Programs for the AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families in Washington, DC. She started the National Consumer Corps Leadership Training Program, which has been acknowledged as the national model for consumer empowerment, education, and training.
Simply stated, Linda has committed her life and work to ensuring the health and rights of women, youth, and families are high priorities to policy makers and system changes through collaborative partnerships and community engagement.