Rob Newells is an Associate Minister at the Imani Community Church and serves as Executive Director for AIDS Project of the East Bay. He is an Oakland native and United States Marine Corps veteran. Rob studied Communication Arts and Sciences as an undergraduate at the University of Southern California and has completed coursework at Pacific School of Religion and Princeton Theological Seminary. He was a 2011 Fellow of the Black AIDS Institute's African American HIV University Community Mobilization College, has been a biomedical HIV prevention research advocate with AVAC since 2012, and currently serves as Community Advisory Board Co-Chair for the AmfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research. Rob completed the Black Theology and Leadership Institute at Princeton in 2015 and is a contributing author to the book Struggling in Good Faith: LGBTQI Inclusion from 13 American Religious Perspectives for which he penned the chapter on "The Black Church."