Board of Directors and Advisors

Oversight of the Black AIDS Institute is provided by its Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Emeritus Members—a diverse group of medical, community, political and media experts committed to the organization and its mission.

Guidance for the Institute's training and education programs is provided by Advisory Boards that include some of the country's leading scientists and public health experts.

A Media Task Force supports its work related to media and journalism.


Grazell R. Howard, J.D., Board Chair
President, King & Kairos, Ltd.

Vanessa Williams, 1st Vice Chair
AIDS Activist, Actress

Gerard McCallum II, 2nd Vice Chair
Director, Government Affairs, Wilson Meany
Director, Community Outreach, Hollywood Park Land Company, LLC

Rep. Laura Hall, Board Treasurer
Member, Alabama House of Representatives, 19th District

Jesse Milan, Jr., J.D., Board Secretary and Chair Emeritus
Altarum Institute Fellow and Public Health Consultant

Phill Wilson
President and CEO, Black AIDS Institute


A. Cornelius Baker, Board Chair Emeritus
National Policy Advisor, National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Coalition
Senior Communications Advisor, FHI 360 Center on AIDS and Community Health

Ramune E. Barkus, Esq.
Barkus & Associates

Peter Brownlie
Former President/ CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid-Missouri
Kym Johnson
AIDS Activist
Neil Lowe, Ph.D.
Chairman and CEO, GCHUS

Marc Meachem
Director, External Affairs North America
ViiV Healthcare

Gerard McCallum II
Director, Government Affairs, Wilson Meany
Director, Community Outreach, Hollywood Park Land Company, LLC
Rev. Edwin C. Sanders, II
Senior Servant, Metropolitan Interdenominational Church
Jussie Smollett
AIDS Activist, Actor


Chris Cathcart

Dorothy Davis

Danny Glover

Judge Marilyn Mackel


Debra Asrate
President and CEO, FreeState Productions

Paulette Mullings Bradnock
Senior Vice President and Director of Internal Audit, American International Group, Inc.

Lavern Deer
President, Jamaica International, Female Football Development Inc. (JIFFD)

Aunsha Hall
Capacity Building Specialist, Latino Commission on AIDS

Maurice Jamal
Actor, Filmmaker

Neil Lowe, Ph.D.
Chairman and CEO, GCHUS

LeAnn Murray
CIO, MetLife Investments

Jessica Nolfo, Community Advisory Board Vice President
Executive Producer, Filmmaker

Amelia Rose, Ph.D.
President and CEO, Comprehensive Consulting and Counseling Services

Bradford Thompson

Rev. Derick B. Wilson, Community Advisory Board President
Pastor, Healing Stream United Church of Christ