Shadow Politics, December 3, 2017

Bill McColl
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with guest Bill McColl, Vice President of AIDS United

The first of December is World AIDS Day and our guest on Sunday is Bill McColl, an 18-year advocate for HIV/AIDS policy, drug treatment and policy and criminal justice reform. He is the Vice President and Director of Health Policy at AIDS United whose mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. through strategic grant making, capacity building, policy/advocacy, technical assistance and formative research. His interest in HIV work began while serving as Government Relations Director at NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals in Washington, D.C. where he worked on syringe exchange policy and later became Executive Director.  In addition to his tenure at NAADAC and AIDS United, McColl is past director of national affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance. He is also current co-chair of the Ryan White Working Group, a convening group member of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership. McColl is also a lawyer, currently serving on the American Bar Association HIV/AIDS Coordinating Committee.  

Headlined, Shadow Politics, December 3, 2017

Bill McColl
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December 3, 2017

The first of December is World AIDS Day and our guest on Sunday is Bill McColl, an 18-year advocate for HIV/AIDS policy, drug treatment and policy and criminal justice reform. He is the Vice President and Director of Health Policy at AIDS United whose mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in the U.S.  by strategic grant making, capacity building, policy/advocacy, technical assistance and formative research. His interest in HIV work began while serving as Government Relations Director at NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals in Washington, D.C. where he worked on syringe exchange policy and later became Executive Director.  In addition to his tenure at NAADAC and AIDS United, McColl is past director of national affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance. He is also current co-chair of the Ryan White Working Group, a convening group member of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership. McColl is also a lawyer, currently serving on the American Bar Association HIV/AIDS Coordinating Committee.

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Guest, Bill McColl

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Bill McColl
Bill McColl
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Vice President and Director of Health Policy at AIDS United
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William D. McColl, Esq., the Vice President for Policy and Advocacy for AIDS United, has been an advocate on behalf of the HIV/AIDS community, alcohol and other drug treatment and reform issues and criminal justice reform for more than 20 years. He works on implementation of health care reform, strengthening Medicaid, Medicare and the Ryan White CARE Act, implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, syringe service program issues and ending HIV-specific prosecutions, increased punishment, and government-sponsored discrimination against people with HIV.

Prior to joining AIDS United, McColl worked to shape national policies on syringe exchange, treatment instead of incarceration and drug policy reform as the national affairs director at Drug Policy Alliance. As director of government relations and later executive director of NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals, he worked on alcohol and substance abuse parity legislation and state level licensing issues. Earlier, McColl served in the U.S. Air Force as a Deputy Missile Combat Crew Member advancing to the rank of Captain in the U.S.A.F. Reserve. A native of Michigan, Bill earned his law degree at the University of Maryland School of Law where he wrote the first major law review article on drug courts. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in International Relations from Troy State University.

AIDS United’s mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States.

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