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

Peter Brownlie, 2nd Vice Chair
Former President/ CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid-Missouri

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

Jesse Milan, Jr., J.D., Board Secretary and Chair Emeritus
President & CEO, AIDS United

Phill Wilson
President and CEO, Black AIDS Institute


Gina Brown
Community Organizer, Southern AIDS Coalition

Donna Christensen, MD
Member of Congress 1997 to 2015

David M. Cook, MD
Sr. Vice President of Population Health and Value-Based Care, Novant Health 


Kym Johnson
AIDS Activist
Marlene McNeese
Chief, Bureau of HIV/STD & Viral Hepatitis Prevention, Houston Department of Health

Marc Meachem
Director, External Affairs North America
ViiV Healthcare

David Ernesto Munar
President and CEO, Howard Brown Health Center
Rev. Edwin C. Sanders, II
Senior Servant, Metropolitan Interdenominational Church
Jussie Smollett
AIDS Activist, Actor


A. Cornelius Baker, Board Chair Emeritus
Adjunct Lecturer, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

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)

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