Ismael, or commonly known to others simply as Ish, has worked in HIV prevention since 2000 and has been with the Center since January 2008. In his tenure at the Center he has developed a trustworthy HIV testing and STI screening program, offering free services and treatment. As the Center’s Director of Health Services, he has been recognized by the Los Angeles Department of Health for the trendsetting STI screening service model in community storefronts and look to by the Long Beach Health and Human Services Department to improve sexual health needs in our city. As program director, he has had the opportunity to develop and produce multiple local community events. Most noteworthy, the Long Beach LGBTQ Health Summit coming in October 2019 and, alongside his team, producing Long Beach AIDS Walk that takes place each November on the beach.
Ish is married to his partner of 13 years and together he and his husband live in North Long Beach where they are active in improving their neighborhood and creating community. He is currently training to join a local tennis group with his partner, playing singles and doubles when possible.