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Lourdes Norman-McKay
Florida State College at Jacksonville

Dr. Lourdes Norman-McKay is a professor at Florida State College Jacksonville, where peers and students recognized her with the Outstanding Faculty Award. After earning a degree in microbiology from the University of Florida, she completed a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology and a postdoctoral specialization in microbiology and immunology at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. As a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship awardee, she studied the role of viruses in cancer. In her nearly two decades as a scientist-educator, she has trained thousands of healthcare professionals and secured extensive federal funding to promote STEM education and empower underrepresented groups in STEM. In addition to authoring globally recognized, market-leading texts in microbiology with Pearson and Morton Publishing, her considerable STEM program development experience ranges from designing and launching a biomedical sciences baccalaureate program to serving as a curriculum designer and subject matter expert for the Florida Space Research Institute and Workforce Florida. Dr. Norman-McKay also currently serves as a section editor for the American Society for Microbiology's (ASM) Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. As a speaker for the U.S. Department of State’s International Information Programs, Dr. Norman-McKay served in diplomacy outreach to empower women and youth in STEM, bolster STEM education, and build STEM capacity in Central Asia.

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Office of the Secretary/ Office of the U.S. Global Aids Coordinator and Health Diplomacy
U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

The Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator oversees and directs the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In short, S/GAC oversees and directs all resources and international activities of the U.S. Government to combat the global HIV/AIDS pandemic––including U.S. contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. In her role as a Special Advisor for PEPFAR Policy, Dr. Lourdes Norman-McKay is supporting the reimagining of PEPFAR that S/GAC’s new Ambassador, Dr. John Nkengasong, is leading. Presently, Lourdes is coordinating and advising the drafting and release of the 2023 COP/ROP Guidance, which guides operational planning of all PEPFAR programs across the globe. She’s also exploring the intersection of policy and practice in PEPFAR to support the mission of ending HIV as a global health threat by 2030.