Senior Health Policy Officer
As TAG’s senior health policy officer, Suraj supports TAG’s domestic and global policy work across the HIV, TB, and HCV projects.
Prior to joining TAG, Suraj was associate director of the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA) and associate director of national/federal policy at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). During his tenure at AFC and HIV PJA, Suraj directed the national advocacy campaign work of the 13,000-member HIV PJA community mobilization network and helped push for a significant language change undertaken by the CDC to reflect evolving HIV prevention technologies such as PrEP and PEP. Suraj co-authored a report on the intersecting racial disparities of criminalization, poverty, and HIV on which he gave testimony to the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination committee at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the U.N.
Suraj organized a community-led, two-day parallel Counter Conference at the National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta to provide a platform for key populations left out of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. In addition to his organizing and policy work, Suraj also serves on the steering committee of the Counter Narrative Project and co-chairs the FAPP Structural Intervention Work Group.
A Chicago native, Suraj entered health, human rights, and HIV activism as a case manager serving HIV-positive LGBTQ youth at Howard Brown Health. While at Howard Brown, Suraj led an advocacy and empowerment project focused on LGBTQ youth-resilience and leadership development on HIV policy issues. Suraj also worked at the American Medical Association as a journalist and project coordinator out of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response.
Suraj is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and has earned three master’s degrees in medical journalism, public health, and bioethics and health policy—keenly focused on drug development ethics and policy issues. Suraj is a recipient of the 2009–2010 Albert Schweitzer Fellowship for public service and was named a U.S. Human Rights Network’s 2014 Fighting Injustice through Human Rights Education fellow. His writing appears in POZ.com, Treatment Issues, Huffington Post, Windy City Times, and the Journal of Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Medicine.