Laurel Sprague

Executive Director

Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+)


Laurel Sprague (Ph.D. Political Science, Wayne State University) specializes in political representation and mobilization of civil society in health and human rights policy making at national, regional, and global levels. Dr. Sprague currently serves as the Executive Director of the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+). GNP+ seeks to bring the diverse voices of people living with HIV around the world into global decision-making, while supporting evidence-based advocacy at country and regional levels to ensure global commitments are realized where people live. Dr. Sprague has worked as a consultant and researcher on multiple community-based, participatory research projects to measure, monitor, and address HIV-related stigma and discrimination, punitive and dis-abling legal environments, and stigma, discrimination, and violence against transgender people living with HIV. She previously served as Global Research fellow on HIV, Gender, and Justice for the HIV Justice Network, Research Director for the Sero Project, and Regional Coordinator for the North American Network of People Living with HIV. From 2014-2016, Dr. Sprague represented North American civil society organizations as an NGO Delegate to the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board. From 2007 to 2015, she taught political and feminist theory and political science at Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan) and Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, Michigan).