The Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator Applauds Appointment of Douglas M. Brooks, MSW, as Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy

March 26, 2014

Washington, DC – The Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator congratulates Douglas M. Brooks, MSW, on his appointment as Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) by President Barack Obama yesterday.

“Douglas Brooks’ extensive policy experience and remarkable dedication in working with the HIV/AIDS community have established him as a key figure in public health, and in the national AIDS response,” said Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Julia Martin. “We look forward to working with him on our shared goal of achieving an AIDS-free generation.”

Mr. Brooks, a person living with HIV, most recently served as Senior Vice President for Community, Health, and Public Policy at the Justice Resource Institute (JRI), a health and human service agency based in Boston. He served as executive director of the Sidney Borum Jr. Community Health Center at JRI, has managed programs in urban and rural environments and has served as a consultant to domestic and international governments and non-governmental organizations assisting their efforts to serve populations living with and at greatest risk for HIV/AIDS. Brooks was a Visiting Fellow at the McCormack School Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and was Chair of the Board of Trustees of AIDS United in Washington, DC.

In 2010, Brooks was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) and served as its liaison to the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee and successfully led those bodies to achieve the tasks assigned to them in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. He has directly managed federally funded programs, meeting or exceeding targets for Ryan White projects, CDC Prevention for African American/Black youth, a HRSA Special Project of National Significance (SPNS), and a HOPWA SPNS. Brooks received a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University and is a licensed clinical social worker.

A component of the White House Domestic Policy Council, ONAP coordinates the ongoing implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the HIV Care Continuum initiative, while working together with public and private partners to advance the federal response to HIV/AIDS. In addition to working with the White House National Security Council, ONAP works closely with the State Department’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, and international bodies to ensure that America’s response to this deadly disease is fully integrated with prevention, care, and treatment efforts around the world.

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