Debra Fraser-Howze

Health Policy Expert, D. Fraser Associates, LLC

Ms. Fraser-Howze has been widely recognized for more than four decades of global leadership to communities of color regarding teenage pregnancy, social welfare, and HIV and AIDS. She is the founder and former CEO/President of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS.

Debra Fraser-Howze is the Principal of D. Fraser Associates, LLC, a high-level private consulting firm advising corporate clients seeking to develop business in new markets, that benefit the public health of communities. Debra is the recently retired Senior Vice President of Government and External Affairs at OraSure Technologies, Inc., a leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of oral fluid diagnostic and collection devices designed to detect or diagnose critical medical conditions. Ms. Fraser-Howze joined OraSure Technologies in January 2008.

In her role, Ms. Fraser-Howze was charged with developing business opportunities in new markets for the company. She worked with governments worldwide to create public private partnerships, developed pipeline funding to address emerging life-threatening diseases and with lawmakers to ensure resources were available to communities in need of testing and treatment. She also developed external opportunities, leading cross functional business teams across industries with clients, stakeholders and business partners.

Ms. Fraser-Howze played a critical role in the company’s growth and in launching the Company’s OraQuick In-Home HIV Test (2012) and the OraQuick Rapid HCV Test (2010). Both innovations are the first and only such tests to be approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Ms. Fraser-Howze has also been instrumental in securing $30 million in government funding for the clinical development of the Company’s OraQuick Rapid Ebola Test (2015) and the OraQuick Rapid Zika Test (2016) – the former of which is currently being deployed in West Africa under FDA Emergency Use Authorization. The rapid Ebola test was taken from concept to market in eight months, resulting from her work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

Prior to joining OraSure Technologies, Ms. Fraser-Howze served as the President/CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA), an organization she founded in 1987. During her 21- year tenure, Ms. Fraser Howze advised two U.S. Presidents appointed to both the Bush and Clinton Presidential Advisory Councils on HIV/AIDS from 1995-2001. NBLCA conducts policy, research and advocacy on HIV and is now the largest Black HIV and AIDS non-profit organization of its kind in America.

Ms. Fraser-Howze has been widely recognized for more than four decades of global leadership to communities of color regarding teenage pregnancy, social welfare, and HIV and AIDS. Ms. Howze was a principal in authoring many legislative initiatives including the National Minority AIDS Initiative, The New York State Aide to Localities and the New York City HIV/AIDS Clergy Bill.

Ms. Fraser-Howze Chaired the ACTG Community Constituency Group/ Public Education Technology Transfer Committee under NIH. In 2003, Ms. Fraser-Howze was appointed to the New York City Commission on AIDS and was Vice chair of the NY HIV planning council. in 2007 she was appointed to the New York State Governors Health Advisory Council. She is the recipient of the National Medical Association’s (NMA) highest honor – the Scroll of Merit and in 2010 she was inducted into the Hunter College Hall of Fame for distinguished achievement. Ms. Fraser-Howze is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Hunter College School of Public Health, New York City AIDS Memorial, AIDS United and Iris House. Ms. Fraser-Howze holds a B.A. in Interpersonal Communications from Hunter College a Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College, and is currently pursuing a master’s in theological studies from Moravian Theological Seminary.

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