Liz Mallas, MPA, MS: has extensive experience in community engagement, strategic planning, systems strengthening and policy development in both the US and developing countries on issues related to HIV and public health. Liz is the Regional Lead for the Carolinas for the FOCUS program, a national public health initiative of Gilead Sciences that promotes innovation, sustainable best practices, and systemic policy change by supporting local health institutions to implement and adopt the CDCs recommendations on HIV and Viral Hepatitis screening and timely linkage to care. Prior to joining Gilead, Liz was at Palladium for more than a decade where she held a variety of positions, including serving as the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Deputy Director for the Center for Health Systems Solutions, where she managed multiple CDC, USAID and DFID projects. From May to July 2012, Liz served as acting-Team Leader for the DFID-funded Reducing Maternal and Child Mortality program in South Africa. Prior to her temporary post in South Africa and relocation to London, where she was from July 2012 to July 2013, Liz was based in Swaziland as the Project Director for the USAID-funded Accelerated Saturation Initiative, the first nation-wide effort to scale up voluntary medical male circumcision, an HIV prevention strategy. She has worked in Afghanistan, Botswana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, United Kingdom, and the United States. Now based in Charlotte, North Carolina she is excited to be using the skills and knowledge she gained in her decade-plus working abroad and apply learnings at home, in the community in which she grew up.