Maria Louise Roman is a member of the Transgender Advisory Council.
Maria has been a leader in social services for the transgender community in Los Angeles for over 20 years. Maria is a 50 year old Puerto Rican Latina Woman who began her journey to self-discovery at age 19. Maria has survived life on the streets and has overcome many of the issues her community continues to fight today, and has become an outspoken voice, activist and a role model to the Transgender community.
Maria Roman was the first transgender person to become Program Manager for Transgeneros Unidas prevention program at Bienestar Human Services, one of the largest HIV prevention programs in the nation with an all transgender staff. Maria was a recipient of The Community Hero’s Award in 2005 by the Alianza Latino HIV Caucus Conference, and of the Harvey Milk Award by Christopher Street West (CSW) in 2009 and The Women in Leadership Award by the West Hollywood Women in Leadership Chamber of Commerce. Maria has been part of and volunteered for many organizations and groups, including board member of the Liberty Hill Foundation, Los Angeles and West Hollywood Task Force, West Hollywood Transgender Advisory Committee, the Los Angeles and the West Hollywood Police Department Sensitivity Training Program.
Maria has continued to have her feet on the ground, staying humble and not forgetting were she came from, taking any opportunity to influence change with her presence advocating for the women that continue to walk the streets with broken spirits and shattered dreams. Maria served 4 years as a Los Angeles County HIV Commissioner and is a California Certified Addiction specialist and is the New Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for the TransLatin@ Coalition overseen programming providing critical services for Trans Individuals. Maria is also a member of the Gilead Transgender and HIV Research Community Advisory Board.
Among her many advocacy roles, Maria was a keynote speaker in front of the Los Angeles PPC asking for more funding for transgender specific programming, a Presenter at the U.S. Conference on AIDS and a presenter at Creating Change 2015-16. Maria has also ventured into acting and performance in project such as The World's Most Beautiful Transsexual pageant in Las Vegas, and became one of the lead stars in the Showtime documentary "TranTasia" by Jeremy Stanford. Maria Roman has made numerous appearances on Television including the Tyra Banks Show, El Show de Cristina, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and Despierta America among many others. She is also starred in acting role as Alma Flora in the short film "Remember me in Red", the story of a MTF Mexican transgender activist who dies tragically and the conflict that arises with the family wanting to bury her as a man and an outraged community a film by Hector Ceballos. Maria also was a cast member of a Lovely Bouquet of Flower a stage show that showcased transgender stories with an all Trans Cast, that has now become the documentary In Full Bloom. In VESSELS, an AFI film by director Arkasha Stevens, Maria plays the role of a silicone pumper, and the film has received critical acclaim around the world. Maria also had a co-starring role in the Emmy Award-winning Amazon series TRANSPARENT (Season 2).