Steven VanRoekel, CIO with USAID, speaks about using technology to combat Ebola at an industry conference in Washington on Nov. 6. (Jeffrey MacMillan/The Washington Post)

Former White House chief information officer Steven VanRoekel is stepping down from his role at the U.S. Agency for International Development , the agency confirmed Thursday.

VanRoekel led an effort to bring technology into the fight against the Ebola virus in West Africa. He left his post at the White House last fall to become the agency’s chief innovation officer.

The agency developed a new protective suit — currently being showcased at music and technology festival South by Southwest — under his watch, and also sought to improve communications infrastructure for health workers in the continent.

A spokeswoman for USAID said VanRoekel will spend time with his family.

“Technology is not the solution to this extremely difficult task but it will be a part of the solution,” VanRoekel said in a statement when he took on the role at USAID.

Prior to his White House appointment in 2011, VanRoekel led digital communications programs at USAID. He was also previously managing director at the Federal Communications Commission.

VanRoekel’s departure was first reported by FedScoop.