Director of Public Relations
Nora is responsible for a number of functions for the Global Virus Network (GVN), including public relations, news media relations and messaging development. She plans programs, communications, and events, and generates knowledge and support of the GVN and its Centers of Excellence, furthering GVN’s mission. Nora also serves as Director of Public Relations and Marketing at the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she oversees the Institute’s public relations and public affairs functions, and serves as a special advisor to Dr. Robert Gallo. Nora began her career on Capitol Hill for then U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) and moved into the private sector working for top public relations firms including Hill & Knowlton and Burson Marsteller. During her time in the private sector, Nora developed lobbying strategies, identified and worked with key Members of Congress, the Administration and media on behalf of clients regarding various legislative issues such as science, technology, trade, commerce, tax, energy, environment and financial services. Her clients included Hewlett-Packard, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Exxon, Mobil, Fannie Mae Foundation, MCI, Government of the Cayman Islands, Government of Botswana, Government of Ontario, and the National Association of Software and Service Companies in India.