Dr. Grant Colfax is set to leave his role as director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy January 13, less than two years after he took the post.
Before Obama appointed him to the position in March 2012, Colfax, who’s gay, served as the director of San Francisco’s HIV Prevention Section.
The Washington Blade first reported news of Colfax’s departure December 19.
In a statement, Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, said, “As the President’s top adviser on domestic HIV/AIDS policy, Grant has been central in ensuring that our efforts to combat the domestic epidemic are science-based, meet the needs of populations most affected by HIV, and break down HIV-related stigma and discrimination. He has been instrumental in efforts such as developing and launching the HIV Care Continuum Initiative to increase HIV testing and treatment rates, decreasing the AIDS Drug Assistance Program waitlists, bolstering the Ryan White Program, and working with the National Institutes of Health to launch a new HIV Cure Initiative. Grant will truly be missed and we wish him well in his next steps.”
Officials haven’t said why Colfax is leaving or who will replace him. Colfax didn’t respond to an interview request.