Katja Nelson, MPP is the Local Affairs Specialist at APLA Health, a federally qualified health center in Los Angeles, California. As part of the Government Affairs Division she engages in policy and advocacy work with the City and County of Los Angeles, and a broad coalition of community partners. Her work addresses health care access, health equity and housing and homelessness issues for the LGBT and other underserved communities, especially people living with at and risk of HIV. Katja sits on the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV as a representative for Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, and is a member of the UCLA CFAR Community Advisory Board. Katja received a graduate degree in Public Policy with a concentration in health policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. While at Luskin she worked with Dr. Arleen Leibowitz and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research to conduct an evaluation of California’s DSRIP pilot program. Katja received a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Russian Studies from UCLA.