Deborah Weiss is director of operations for Project SOAR (Supporting Operational AIDS Research), a USAID-funded initiative that is determining how best to address challenges and gaps in the delivery of HIV and AIDS care and support, treatment, and prevention services. She is responsible for ensuring that SOAR’s activities are implemented on time, within budget, in accordance with cooperative agreement requirements, and produce their expected deliverables. She coordinates preparation of annual workplans, budgets, and semi-annual and financial reports; oversees personnel matters and subaward administration; and develops systems to monitor project operations and to ensure compliance with donor award requirements. Previously, she was deputy director for administration for the Evidence Project, a Council-led initiative that strengthens family planning programs through implementation science. She also served as the Council’s HIV and AIDS program manager, providing oversight, operational support, and quality assurance to research and program activities in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Weiss has programmatic experience in adolescent reproductive health and rights; emergency contraception; family planning education and advocacy; and HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support. She has also managed successful proposal development for large US and foreign government awards and private foundations.
Prior to joining the Council in 2007, Weiss worked at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco; and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She holds a master's of public health degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of arts degree in women’s and gender studies from Columbia University.