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Vignetta Charles, PhD

Vignetta Charles

Chief Executive Officer

(831) 438-4060


Vignetta Charles, PhD, is Chief Executive Officer at ETR (Education, Training and Research), a non-profit committed to advancing health equity globally through science-based products and services. Prior to her appointment as CEO, Dr. Charles was Chief Science Officer at ETR-- focused on unifying ETR's science-based approaches to training and research. She came to ETR from AIDS United, where she served as Senior Vice President, guiding strategic programming for the organization, garnering public and private resources for programs, leading efforts to measure and document program outcomes, and developing an expanded portfolio on the translation of science to community. Dr. Charles has focused her professional work on issues disproportionately impacting communities that are systematically excluded from opportunities. This includes focusing on urban sexual and reproductive health with an emphasis on HIV prevention. Dr. Charles served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS from 2014- 2017, advising the White House and Health and Human Services on HIV/AIDS domestically and globally. Her professional experience also includes serving as the national health educator for the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies, initiating a teen pregnancy prevention portfolio for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and direct service delivery in HIV and pregnancy prevention programs in both San Francisco and Oakland, California. She is an alumna of the University of California at Berkeley for undergraduate work, the Harvard School of Public Health for a Master’s degree, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for her PhD.


Peterson A, Charles V, Yeung D, Coyle K. The Health Equity Framework: A Science- and Justice-Based Model for Public Health Researchers and Practitioners. Health Promotion Practice. 2021;22(6):741-746.

Peterson AJ, Coyle KK, Guinosso SA, Christopher DE, and Charles VE. Sex and the Teen Brain: Disrupting What We Think We Know. Scotts Valley, CA: ETR Associates, 2016.

Jain KM, Holtgrave DR, Maulsby C, Kim JJ, Zulliger R, Massey M, and Charles V. Improving Access to HIV Care: Lessons from Five U.S. Sites. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015.

Jain KM, Maulsby C, Kinsky S, Charles V, and Holtgrave DR. 2015-2020 National HIV/AIDS Strategy Goals for HIV Linkage and Retention in Care: Recommendations from Program Implementers. American journal of public health. 2016; 106(3):399-401.

Maulsby C, Charles V, Positive Charge Intervention Team, Kinsky S, Riordan M, Jain K, and Holtgrave DR. (2015) Positive Charge: Filling the Gaps in the U.S. HIV Continuum of Care. AIDS Behav, 19(11): 2097-107

Maulsby C, Kinsky S, Jain KM, Charles V, Riordan M, and Holtgrave DR. (2015) Unpacking Linkage and Reengagement in HIV Care: A day in the life of Positive Charge Care Coordinator
AIDS education and prevention: official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education, 27(5): 405-17.

Auerbach JD, Kinsky S, Brown G, and Charles V. (2014) Knowledge, Attitudes, and Likelihood of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Use Among US Women at Risk of Acquiring HIV. AIDS Patient Care STDs, 29(2): 1-9.

Kim JJ, Maulsby C, Kinsky S, Riordan M, Charles V; Positive Charge Intervention Team, Jain K, and Holtgrave DR. (2014) The development and implementation of the national evaluation strategy of Access to Care, a multi-site linkage to care initiative in the United States. AIDS Educ Prev, 26(5): 429-44.

Coyle K, Anderson P, Glassman J, and Charles VE. (2014) Romantic relationships: an important context for HIV/STI and pregnancy prevention programs with young people. Sex Education, 14(5).

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