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Maeve McKean

Global Health Initiative

Maeve McKean (MSFS/L'09) was the executive director of the Georgetown University Global Health Initiative and associate director of the HIV Policy Lab at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law until her death in April 2020. A public health and human rights lawyer, her work focused on the intersection of global health and human rights. McKean graduated from Georgetown University with a joint J.D. degree from Georgetown Law and a master of science degree in international negotiations and conflict resolution from the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

International activities include:

  • Served as an associate research professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health and helped launch CUNY's Center for Immigrant, Refugee and Global Health. 
  • Served within the Obama administration as the first ever senior advisor for human rights within the State Department's global AIDS program and at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Global Affairs leading the work on vulnerable population human rights policy issues, including women and children’s health, in particular issues of violence, and LGBT health. 
  • Worked for United States Senator Dianne Feinstein both in California and on Capitol Hill.
  • Was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique.