Phill Wilson is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Black AIDS Institute, the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on Black people. Since its founding in 1999, the Institute’s mission has been to stop the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV. The Institute interprets public and private sector HIV policies, conducts trainings, offers technical assistance, disseminates information and provides advocacy from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.
Prior to founding the Institute, Mr. Wilson served as the AIDS Coordinator for the City of Los Angeles (1990-1993), the Director of Policy and Planning at AIDS Project Los Angeles (1993-1996), co-chaired the Los Angeles County HIV Health Commission (1990-1995), appointee to the HRSA AIDS Advisory Committee (1995-1998), and served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) (2010-2014).
Mr. Wilson was also the coordinator of the International Community Treatment and Science Workshop at the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 19th International AIDS Conferences in Geneva, Switzerland; Durban, South Africa; Barcelona, Spain; Bangkok, Thailand; Toronto, Canada; and Washington, DC. At the 19th International AIDS Conference, Phill was an opening-day plenary speaker.
In addition to co-founding the National Black Lesbian & Gay Leadership Forum and the National Task Force on AIDS Prevention, he has been involved in the founding of a number of other notable AIDS service and community-based organizations, including Chris Brownlie Hospice, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, National Minority AIDS Council, Los Angeles County Gay Men of Color Consortium, and CAEAR Coalition.
Mr. Wilson has published articles in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Los Angeles Weekly, Essence, Ebony, VIBE, Jet, POZ, and HIV+. The Ford Foundation named him one of the 20 award recipients for “Leadership for a Changing World,” in 2001. Wilson was a member of the US delegation to the 1994 World AIDS Summit in Paris, and has worked extensively on HIV/AIDS policy, research, prevention, and treatment issues in Russia, Latvia, the Ukraine, the UK, Holland, Germany, France, Mexico, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, India, and Botswana.
Mr. Wilson is a recipient of the Delta Spirit Award from the Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; he was awarded the Discovery Health Channel Medical Honor; and was named by Black Entertainment Television (BET) one of the “Black History Makers in the Making.”
Mr. Wilson graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts in 1977 from Illinois Wesleyan University. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.