Barrington-Ward, who previously served as communications director for D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), is replacing Shawn Jain, who left the position to attend graduate school, according to Whitman-Walker spokesperson Abby Fenton.
“As a black gay man who has spent 10 years working on behalf of LGBTQ communities and people of color, I have firsthand experience working to address health disparities, like HIV that exist in the District of Columbia,” Barrington-Ward said in a statement. “Few organizations are as well positioned to address the very serious health inequities facing D.C. residents like Whitman-Walker.”
In its announcement of Barrington-Ward’s appointment, Whitman-Walker said he has lobbied the Georgia General Assembly in the past on behalf of a reproductive rights organization for improved reproductive health and HIV policies. Among the issues for which he lobbied was a bill, which passed, seeking to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
His work with Cheh, among other things, included efforts to increase resources to assist LGBT homeless youth and efforts to protect underage youth victimized by sex trafficking, the announcement says.
“We are thrilled that Devin has joined our team,” said Don Blanchon, Whitman-Walker’s executive director. “Devin brings passion and a strong commitment to health care, equity and the LGBTQ community. We know that he will help Whitman-Walker to increase the public’s awareness of how we serve our community.”