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Thurman, Sandra L. PDF Print E-mail

President and CEO of the International AIDS Trust; former Director of the US Office of National AIDS Policy during the Clinton Administration


Sandra L. Thurman currently leads the International AIDS Trust, a non-governmental organization (NGO) located at Emory University in Atlanta.

The International AIDS Trust was established in response to the AIDS pandemic. Ms. Thurman is currently a lecturer at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.

President Bill Clinton appointed Sandra L. Thurman in April 1997 as The White House Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, where she soon became known as the Administration’s “AIDS Czar”.

For nearly two decades prior to that appointment, Ms. Thurman was a leader and advocate for people with AIDS at the local, state, and federal levels. Ms. Thurman served as the Director of Citizen Exchanges at the United States Information Agency. From 1993 to 1996, Ms. Thurman was the Director of Advocacy Programs at The Task Force for Child Survival and Development at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

From 1988 to 1993, Ms. Thurman served as Executive Director of AID Atlanta, a non-profit organization that provides health and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS and offers an array of HIV prevention programs. Under her leadership, AID Atlanta, the largest and oldest AIDS service organization in the south, tripled in size, and became a multi-million dollar agency.

After spending her college years as a volunteer in a Poverty Rights Program, she went on to work as a counselor in a maximum security facility for youthful offenders and a pre-trial intervention program. She then turned her attention to health policy.

Ms. Thurman was a Member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and a founding member of Cities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief (CAEAR). She served on the Board of Directors of numerous AIDS organizations and other health related organizations including the March of Dimes, and the National Kidney Foundation.

She is one of the world’s leading experts on AIDS issues and has provided testimony before the United States Congress, the White House Conference on HIV/AIDS, and the National Commission on AIDS.