Azure Nowara, MPH, is the Associate Director at the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, Mailman School of Public Health. Azure manages Center initiatives, programming, finance and communications. She coordinates the Certificate in Health Communication and organizes the Turning the Tide conference series. Azure has a background in education, nutrition and community health. She has experience working with policy-makers, community organizations and community members to advocate for healthier and more sustainable food environments in NYC. Azure received her MPH from the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with a certificate in Health Promotion Research and Practice and a focus in urban health and chronic disease prevention. Before pursuing her Master’s degree at Mailman, Azure spent a year in Malaysia completing a Fulbright scholarship. There, she studied race relations within the public school system and taught English and health education in a low-income, public school high school.