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Leadership

Devin Hursey

Manager of Public Policy and Advocacy

Devin Hursey joined BlaqOut in 2024. He serves as the Advocacy and Policy Manager, leading the organization’s advocacy and policy work. His work also includes organizing the Black Queer Leadership Collective (BQLC), a dynamic assembly of existing and emerging Black LGBTQ+ leaders dedicated to uniting the voices, experiences, and expertise of Black queer and trans individuals in Kansas City. Devin also staffs various other community coalitions through BlaqOut. Previously, he served as a founding board member of BlaqOut from 2017 to 2024.

As a passionate advocate for public health, Devin was selected to join the 2023 cohort of The Boston Congress of Public Health’s (BCPH) Thought Leadership for Public Health Fellowship. He was also among the 2024 cohort of BCPH’s 40 Under 40 Public Health Catalyst Award winners. Additionally, in 2019, Devin was recognized in the inaugural class of the de Beaumont Foundation’s 40 Under 40 in Public Health.

Devin’s fierce advocacy for the health and human rights of people living with HIV (PLHIV) led him to join the Missouri HIV Justice Coalition in 2015, where, in 2021, he successfully advocated for the modernization of Missouri’s harmful HIV criminalization statute that once threatened PLHIV with up to 30 and a half years of imprisonment. Currently, Devin contributes to TheBody, a platform for HIV-related information, news, support, and personal perspectives, writing on HIV criminalization and the modernization movement. He formerly served as steering committee member of the U.S. PLHIV Caucus and member of the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV. 

Devin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He went on to earn a dual Master of Public Health and Master of Arts in Journalism in Strategic Communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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