Altarum Institute Fellow

Jesse Milan PortraitA person living with HIV for 31 years, Jesse Milan, Jr. is a national expert on HIV/AIDS policies and programs. Appointed by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, he served from 2002 to 2007 as co-chair of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment.

A lawyer, Mr. Milan is current chair emeritus and past board chair (2002–2009) of the Black AIDS Institute and has served as president of the boards of ActionAIDS (Pennsylvania’s largest AIDS service organization), the Philadelphia AIDS Consortium, and the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition. In 2007, he was designated a Fulbright senior specialist in global HIV/AIDS. For the 2012 International AIDS Conference, he served appointments by the International AIDS Society on both the Conference Coordinating Committee and the Leadership and Accountability Programme Committee. For 6 years, he was the Constella Group’s project director of the CDC’s National Prevention Information Network, the world’s largest dissemination program for HIV, sexually transmitted infection, and tuberculosis information. 

At Altarum, Mr. Milan served as project director of the CDC’s Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative. He was also director of the $21 million AIDS Office for the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health (1995–1997) and chaired both the Philadelphia Ryan White and HIV prevention planning committees. Over the past 20 years, he has delivered hundreds of presentations and addressed millions of people on HIV/AIDS-related issues through speaking tours sponsored by the U.S. State Department in eight African countries, in regional and national forums, and in appearances (some in prime time) at the 2000 Democratic National Convention and in 2009 at the White House.

At Altarum, a $90 million national nonprofit health research and consulting organization, Mr. Milan was vice president and director of community health systems from 2008-2012, where he led an $18 million division of 80 public health professionals providing technical assistance, policy, planning, and evaluation services to health agencies, including the CDC; the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; the National Institutes of Health; HRSA; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the U.S. Department of Labor; more than 40 states; the World Health Organization; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. 

Mr. Milan served as corporate monitor and senior advisor on numerous Altarum projects for HIV/AIDS. Before joining Altarum, he spent 10 years at Constella, an international health consulting firm, serving as vice president for health communications and as vice president for global health convergence. In addition to serving as AIDS director for Philadelphia, he was a deputy city solicitor for Philadelphia and served for 6 years as chief of staff to the president of Temple University.

Mr. Milan was voted Humanitarian of the Year by the readers of the Philadelphia Gay News, received the 2008 Hero in the Struggle award from the Black AIDS Institute, was named in 2010 by POZ Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Americans in HIV/AIDS, and was honored in 2004 by HRSA for “leading the national and international fight against HIV disease.”

He holds a bachelor’s degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University and earned his juris doctorate from the New York University School of Law.