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AIDS United Board of Trustees Names Jesse Milan, Jr. President and CEO

AIDS United Board of Trustees has named Jesse Milan, Jr., as president & CEO. Mr. Milan, a 30-year HIV/AIDS community advocate and nationally recognized leader and speaker on HIV/AIDS policies and programs, has served as Interim President & CEO since June 20, 2016. He takes the helm in the permanent position effective immediately.

“I’m thrilled that Jesse Milan, Jr. will continue his stewardship of AIDS United as our President & CEO,” said Dr. Robert Hilliard Jr., chair of the AIDS United Board of Trustees. “Milan’s leadership, experience and relationships with our partners in the field couldn’t have come at a more critical time for AIDS United and the communities we serve. The trustees have every confidence that Jesse will bring AIDS United to new highs in a changing landscape.”

A person living with HIV for over three decades, Mr. Milan’s record of thought leadership and service spans regional, national and global arenas. He brings experience in executive roles in public and private sectors and has directed multi-million dollar budgets and staff for public health agencies and government contractors. He has traveled extensively and addressed millions on behalf of the U.S Department of State and just last month delivered a keynote address at the National Trans Health Conference. Over the last five months, Milan has focused on internal capacity, funder relations and increasing the visibility and reach of AIDS United while serving as Interim President & CEO.

He currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and has co-chaired the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHAC) for a five-year appointment. A lawyer by background, Milan has received numerous honors including the 2015 Public Service Award from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) and in 2007 was designated a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Global HIV/AIDS.

Further, he serves as Chair Emeritus on the Black AIDS Institute board of directors, on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and has served as board chair for five non-profit organizations. Milan was also director of the $21 million AIDS Office for the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health. He recently served as a leadership development consultant with the Dorrier Underwood firm, and a subject matter expert on projects for the CDC, HRSA and the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health.

“I have always admired the AIDS United mission and approach,” said Milan. “Over the last five months as interim president & CEO, my admiration of and appreciation for the staff and board has grown. I look forward to working with them and all our partners in the months and years ahead.”

About AIDS United:
AIDS United’s mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in the U.S., through strategic grant-making, capacity building, formative research and policy. Formed out of a merger between National AIDS Fund and AIDS Action in late 2010, AIDS United works to ensure access to life-saving HIV/AIDS care and prevention services and to advance sound HIV/AIDS-related policy for U.S. populations and communities most impacted by the epidemic. To date, our strategic grant-making initiatives have directly funded more than $98 million to local communities, and have leveraged more than $115 million in additional investments for programs that include, but are not limited to, HIV prevention, access to care, capacity building, harm reduction and advocacy. 

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