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Erica Lessem

Deputy Executive Director – TB Program

As Deputy Executive Director of TAG’s TB/HIV Project, Erica oversees TAG's advocacy for improved tools and services to prevent, diagnose, and treat TB and TB/HIV, and supervises TAG's U.S. and Global Health Policy Director. Erica works with activists, developers, donors, and policy makers to accelerate TB and TB/HIV research and ensure it reflects input from affected communities. She also advocates for access to evidence-based strategies to end TB and TB/HIV. 

Erica has worked at the CDC’s National HIV Behavior Surveillance System in Baltimore, and the Center for HIV Educational Studies & Training and the TB Alliance in New York. Passionate about harm reduction, she volunteered at the Baltimore City Needle Exchange Program. Erica launched the NYC Condom initiative as an Urban Fellow at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, supported efforts to combat sex trafficking in South Asia, and started the Republic of Georgia’s first breast cancer peer-support program.

Erica received her Master of Public Health as a Sommer Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and psychology from Georgetown University.