L. Thurman was appointed by the President on April 7, 1997 as the
Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy
at the White House.
For more than a decade, Ms. Thurman has been a leader and advocate
for people with AIDS at the local, state, and federal levels.
Most recently, Ms. Thurman served as the Director of the Office
of Citizen Exchanges at the United
States Information Agency.
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. As Director, she focused on the
global health concerns of children, including immunization and the
eradication of polio.
From 1988 to 1993, Ms. Thurman, of Atlanta, Georgia, served as the
Executive Director of AID
Atlanta, a community-based nonprofit 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 multimillion dollar, direct-service agency
with 90 staff members and more than 1,000 volunteers.
Ms. Thurman was a Member of the Presidential Advisory Council on
HIV/AIDS and of the Georgia State AIDS Task Force, the Fulton County
HIV Planning Council, and the Executive Committee of Cities Advocating
Emergency AIDS Relief (CAEAR). She has also served on the Board
of Directors of the National
Episcopal AIDS Coalition, AID Atlanta, Sisterlove,
Inc., and the Atlanta AIDS Interfaith Network, among others.
She is a recognized expert on AIDS issues and has provided testimony
before the United States Senate, the White House Conference on HIV/AIDS,
and the National Commission on AIDS.
Ms. Thurman earned a Bachelor's degree from Mercer