Dr. Angeli Achrekar serves as the Principal Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, a Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary level position. As such, she serves as the second in command to the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and supports the daily oversight, coordination, leadership, management, and implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to ensure that all its activities and resources, including its annual budget of approximately $6 billion in over 50 countries is as impactful, effective, and efficient as possible.
In this role, Dr. Achrekar works with leaders across the State Department’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (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 and most recently as the Deputy Coordinator for Strategy and Global Health Diplomacy, where she oversaw PEPFAR’s public affairs, policy, and congressional efforts, including PEPFAR’s reauthorization, as well the adolescent girls and young women’s portfolio and the global health diplomacy efforts.
Dr. 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 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Public Health from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Science 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.