Michael Sainte-Andress is truly an asset to the DC Metro area and is highly regarded among local government, business, education, 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+ in 1986) to be an inspiration to those who witness his work in his community. He is a graduate of Lincoln University (PA) with a degree in English and Sociology. He is an educator, a professional multi-threat entertainer (actor/producer/director), an award-winning poet and writer, but more importantly he is fully committed to making the world a better place in which to live. He honorably served in the U.S. Navy and since 1974 has made DC his home. He is a two-time Mayoral appointee to the Ryan White HIV Health Services Planning Council and a Mayoral appointee to the Citizens Police Complaint Review Board. He does all these things with a determination and sense of purpose that is remarkable. A good description of him is that of a “good soldier."