I write to share both gratitude and a bittersweet announcement regarding a key figure in the fight toward ending the HIV epidemic.
Harold Phillips, the Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), stepped down from his position, effective, January 19, 2024. Harold’s leadership has been instrumental in driving progress towards ending the HIV epidemic in the United States.
We extend our deepest thanks to Harold for his tireless efforts, dedication, and commitment to our collective mission. His invaluable contributions have significantly advanced federal initiatives aimed at achieving the national goal of ending the HIV epidemic by 2030.
At NCAAN, we had the honor of hosting Harold as the keynote speaker for HIV Speaks on Jones St, our largest-ever advocacy day to date, this past May in Raleigh. His insights, passion, and brilliance left an indelible mark on our community, inspiring us to continue the fight in ending the HIV epidemic.
Harold’s role as the Director of ONAP, coupled with his previous positions such as Senior HIV Advisor and Chief Operating Officer for the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative, have showcased his unwavering commitment to reducing HIV rates and ensuring equity in all aspects of this critical work.
As we bid farewell to Harold, we express our deepest appreciation for his transformative leadership and the positive impact he has made on the lives of those living with and impacted by HIV.
We invite you to join us in thanking Harold for his service and wishing him well in his future endeavors. We remain steadfast in our commitment to the mission of ending the HIV epidemic, and we are grateful for your continued support.
Thank you for being a vital part of our advocacy journey.
Veleria M. Levy