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Jesse Milan, Jr., JD

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Jesse Milan, Jr., JD
Vice President and Director, Community Health Systems, Altarum Institute

Mr. Milan assumed the position of Vice President and Director of Altarum’s Community Health Systems Group in April 2008. Prior to joining Altarum, he spent ten years at the Constella Group, an international health consulting firm, serving as Vice President for Health Communications and most recently as Vice President for Global Health Convergence.

Following Constella’s 2007 acquisition by SRA International, he was appointed Senior Principal for Health Policy and Promotion. During his years at SRA Constella Group, Mr. Milan oversaw health programs for federal, state, and local agencies and for private foundations; promoted public/private partnerships with academia and global health entities; and served as corporate philanthropy officer. Mr. Milan served for six years as Constella’s Project Director of the CDC’s National Prevention Information Network, a $70 million contract and the world’s largest service for dissemination of information on HIV/AIDS, STDs, and TB. He also served for eight years as Constella’s Director of the CDC Business and Labor Respond to AIDS Resource Service.

An attorney, Mr. Milan formerly served for six years as Chief of Staff to the President of Temple University; was Deputy City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia; and an associate attorney at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius. A person living with HIV for 26 years, Mr. Milan is a national thought leader and advocate for HIV/AIDS policies and programs. He served from 2002-2007 as co-chair (appointed by then Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson) of the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment.

In 2007 he was designated a Fulbright Senior Specialist with a specialization in Global HIV/AIDS, and in 2008 received – along with Julian Bond, Tavis Smiley, and Congressman Charles Rangel – the “Hero in the Struggle” award from the Black AIDS Institute for his national leadership in HIV/AIDS. Mr. Milan was Director of the $21 million AIDS Office for the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health and chaired the region’s HIV prevention and care planning processes. He is current board chair of the Black AIDS Institute and has served as president of the boards of Action AIDS (Pennsylvania’s largest AIDS service organization); the Philadelphia AIDS Consortium; and the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition.

Mr. Milan has traveled extensively and delivered hundreds of presentations and sermons on HIV/AIDS across the U.S and in eight African nations. He published an article on HIV stigma and most recently co-authored an article on a national HIV prevention plan appearing in the July 2007 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. Mr. Milan was voted Humanitarian of the Year by the readers of the Philadelphia Gay News; received the first national HIV advocacy award in 2006 from the Balm in Gilead; and was honored in 2004 by the Health Resources and Services Administration for “leading the national and international fight against HIV disease.” Mr. Milan is a graduate of Princeton University and the New York University School of Law.