Michael Ruffner is the Deputy Coordinator for Financial and Programmatic Sustainability in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (S/GAC) at the U.S. Department of State. He is working to better integrate and improve the effectiveness of existing funding for HIV, while working with countries to improve their ability to operate and finance their HIV response independently. He is leading the new PEPFAR effort to engage partner country Finance Ministries in the fight against HIV and in the investment into resilient and financially secure health systems. He currently is S/GAC chair for the Kenya and Lesotho programs. In addition to his functional and programmatic responsibilities, Michael is the chair of the Board of Directors’ Audit and Finance Committee of the Global Fund for the Fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria.
Michael joined S/GAC on detail from the US Department of the Treasury in 2015. After returning to Treasury in October 2016, Michael joined S/GAC and the Department of State full-time. Immediately before his appointment to the PEPFAR program, he was the Director of Treasury’s Office of Technical Assistance for ten years, where he led a team of over 200 advisors providing capacity building to Finance Ministries, Central Banks, Revenue authorities, and related entities. He also launched the Treasury technical assistance effort to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico during the 2016 bankruptcy and was involved in several special initiatives, including the Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative.
Michael has held positions at the OECD Paris, the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and was a Presidential Management Intern at the Office of Management and Budget. Michael, a native of Michigan, has an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a graduate degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.