April 8, 2024

Please see below for a statement from Jeffrey S. Crowley, director of the Infectious Diseases Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law:

Today, the White House announced the appointment of Francisco Ruiz as the next director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, a component of the Domestic Policy Council. As a Latino gay man living with HIV, on detail from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and who has previously worked for NASTAD that represents state, territorial, and local public health leaders, Ruiz’s personal commitment and diverse experience make him the right choice to support the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic domestically and globally. As the HIV/AIDS epidemic enters its fifth decade, it is imperative for people to understand our critical progress and to remain invested in the fight to accelerate these efforts. I am confident that Ruiz will provide essential leadership in this regard.

Jeffrey S. Crowley served as the director of the Office of National AIDS Policy and Senior Advisor on Disability Policy for President Barack Obama from 2009 – 2011.