- Chair, Advancement Committee
Virgil Miller is senior policy advisor for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. He has created and managed a coalition of advocacy organizations on behalf of independent workers and provided pro-bono counsel to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. He serves as the sole representative of his firm’s African American General Counsel program, which strengthens relationships between the firm, general counsels, and other corporate leaders from Fortune 500 companies.
Previously, Miller served as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, where he approved strategies and tactics on all legislative issues and advised members on compliance requirements of the House Ethics Committee, Federal Election Commission, and all other applicable federal laws. Miller served in three other congressional positions: health policy fellow for U.S. Rep. Edolphus Towns; professional staff for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce; and health policy advisor for U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell.
Miller is a 2020 recipient of the National Minority Quality Forum 40 Under 40 Leaders in Health Award and a recipient of the 2008 Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Staff Leadership Award. He is a current member of the Corporate Advisory Council, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s 21st Century Council. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s of public health degree in epidemiology from Florida A&M University.