Michael St. Andress is truly an asset to the DC Metro Area and is well-liked by local governments, businesses, education, the HIV community and faith-based organizations. He champions arts education in public schools, adult literacy, voter registration, and civil/human rights. He is also a tireless advocate and courageous visionary for people living with HIV and has selflessly allowed his own journey (diagnosed HIV-positive in 1986) to be an inspiration to those who witness his work in his community. . He graduated from the University of Lincoln (PA) with a degree in English and Sociology. He is an educator, multi-threat professional entertainer (actor/producer/director), award-winning poet and writer, but most importantly, he is fully committed to making the world a better place to live. He served honorably in the United States Navy and since 1974 has called DC home. He was twice named by the Mayor to Ryan White’s HIV Health Services Planning Board and named by the Mayor to the Citizens Police Complaints Review Board. He does all of these things with remarkable determination and sense of purpose. A good description of him is that of a “good soldier”.