After less than a year on the job, a White House adviser specifically focused on disability issues is leaving the Pennsylvania Avenue post.

Claudia Gordon is leaving her position at the White House focusing on disability issues. (White House)

Claudia Gordon is leaving her position at the White House focusing on disability issues. (White House)

Claudia Gordon, who is deaf, had served as associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement since last summer. In the role, she worked to promote disability issues within the Obama administration and was a point of contact for advocates in the community.

Now, however, Gordon is returning to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, where she had worked previously. It’s unclear who might replace her.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

“We deeply appreciate Ms. Gordon’s work with the disability community in the White House Office of Public Engagement, and wish her the best in her future endeavors,” an administration official told Disability Scoop, adding that they expect to have news on her replacement in the “near future.”

Gordon succeeded Kareem Dale who was hired early in President Barack Obama’s presidency to serve as the first-ever special assistant to the president for disability policy.