Angeli P. Achrekar, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., Acting Principal Deputy Coordinator
As the Interim Acting Principal Deputy Coordinator of the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy, Angeli Achrekar, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., is responsible for the daily oversight, management, and implementation of the $6 billion U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which operates in over 50 countries.
In this role, Achrekar works with leaders across S/GAC and among the seven federal agencies that implement PEPFAR to ensure effective and efficient management, coordination, and program implementation. In addition, she ensures that Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and the administration are kept informed on program results. She also acts on behalf of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator in her absence. Prior to this current role, she served as PEPFAR’s Chief of Staff from April 2014 to August 2016 and most recently as the Deputy Coordinator for Strategy and Global Health Diplomacy from August 2016 to June 2018, where she oversaw PEPFAR’s public affairs, policy, and congressional efforts as well the adolescent girls and young women’s portfolio and the global health diplomacy efforts.
Achrekar has dedicated her career as a public servant to global HIV/AIDS, women and girls’ health, and global public health development. After working in India and later with UNICEF headquarters on adolescent health, she accepted a position with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2001, where she focused on integrated adolescent health programs and services.
She led the interagency and multidisciplinary National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health, which created strategic partnerships between the health and education sectors comprising over 100 organizations, agencies, and professional associations in the U.S. to improve the health, safety, and well-being of youth ages 10-24.
Since 2003, Achrekar has been working on PEPFAR’s global HIV/AIDS efforts. In 2005, she went to South Africa to help local governments plan and implement a rapid assessment of drug use and sexual HIV risk patterns among injecting and non-injecting drug users and sex workers in Durban, Pretoria, and Cape Town. After serving as a Country Officer, she became the Senior Public Health Manager, supporting cross-cutting, system-wide sustainability activities and strategies in CDC’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS. In 2011, she joined the U.S. Department of State and helped lead the conceptualization and development of Saving Mothers, Giving Life as well as facilitated the implementation of this important program – a public-private partnership that impacts maternal and neonatal health and HIV services.
Achrekar holds a doctorate in public health leadership and management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Public Health in global health from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Science in psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She studied Spanish while living in Santiago, Chile, and in Mendoza, Argentina. She has lived and worked in numerous countries and speaks multiple languages.