Sandra Lyne Thurman, MADirector, Interfaith Health Program, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; Senior Advisor, Global AIDS Program, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Sandra Lyne Thurman is a renowned global advocate for key and vulnerable populations. For more than 30 years, she has collaborated with a wide range of partners to advance development and management of HIV/AIDS programs and policy at the local, national and global levels. While she is known most for her focus on HIV prevention, care, treatment and policy, Ms. Thurman has made important contributions to polio eradication, women’s health, children’s health, and cancer prevention and treatment.
Currently, Ms. Thurman is Chief Strategy Officer in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy. In this role, she works closely with the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, MD, to coordinate all of the U.S. government’s global HIV/AIDS activities to achieve an AIDS-free generation and ensure transparency, accountability and impact. Ms. Thurman is also on the faculty of the Rollins School of Public Health and serves on numerous nonprofit boards and committees.
Throughout her career, Ms. Thurman has held many leadership positions, including leading the Office of National AIDS Policy under President Clinton, Presidential Envoy on HIV/AIDS, Senior Advisor for Strategy and Development at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Director of both the Interfaith Health Program and the Joseph W. Blount Center for Health and Human Rights at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She was also Director of Advocacy Programs for the Task Force for Child Survival and Development at the Carter Center and Executive Director of AID Atlanta, the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the South.
Ms. Thurman has a Master of Arts in Community Pastoral Care and HIV/AIDS from St. Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya, and a bachelor’s degree from Mercer University.
Ms. Thurman joined the FHI 360 Board of Directors in 2010.