In August 2013 I moved back to Charlotte, NC…the city that I was born and grew up in. So…. technically, I’m a Charlotte-native (which, if you live here, you know is pretty rare). But, I’m not your average native Charlottean. After graduating from Harding University High School (Go Rams!) and then UNC (Go Heels!), I moved to Mexico City and began a career in international development, working to eliminate discrimination of people living with HIV and to prevent new HIV infections. I was mentored by some of the ‘greats’ on stigma and discrimination, gender and diversity, corporate strategy and leadership development. Before making my way back to Charlotte, I also lived in Texas, DC, Swaziland, South Africa and London….picked up a few masters degrees and graduate certificates along the way….and traveled to nearly 50 countries (for fun and for work). I still work with and for people living with HIV, but now I get to do it in the city and region where I grew up, implementing partnerships that help people get diagnosed with HIV and Viral Hepatitis and then linked into care. I’m an advocate for people living with HIV and anyone living on the margins. I am passionate about my beloved city, Charlotte, and creating opportunities for upward mobility and addressing the social determinants of health. I’m married to Jerel Law, Lead Pastor of Love Lake Norman. We have five kids ranging in age from 8 to 22. Together we are super involved in our community and love doing life with all of our people. I am in love with Jesus Christ and am thankful to Him for His perfect life and the sacrifice He made for me. He is working to make me more holy and like Him, which is what I write about on this blog. Sometimes it’s awesome and well, sometimes it’s painful. But, even when it hurts, it’s perfect because the Holy Spirit is ALL up in it. You can follow my journey here and see more of me on Insta @lizmallas.