Venton C. Hill-Jones
Venton C. Hill-Jones is the founder and the Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Black Policy and Advocacy Network (SBPAN). The mission of SBPAN is to improve health, social, economic and disparities impacting Black communities living in the U.S. South through training, education, advocacy, and mobilization. Venton’s professional experience includes working with some of the nation’s leading public policy organizations and academic institutions responding to HIV and other health disparities including, AIDS United, National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition (NBGMAC), and the University of California San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. In these roles, he was responsible for managing multi-million dollar public health programs, advancing public policy, and building effective coalitions. Venton currently serves as the Chairman of the Dallas HIV Task Force. He is also an appointed member of the Ryan White Planning Council of the Dallas Area.
Venton has a long history of successfully initiating innovative, and effective, new initiatives and non-profit organizations including, Hill-Jones Consulting, NBJC’s Health & Wellness Initiative, Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative (YBGLI), United Black Ellument (U-BE), and the non-profit, Dallas Fort Worth Pride Movement in 2008. Mr. Hill-Jones’ extensive background has led him to serve as an expert consultant on mobilizing Black, and LGBTQ communities, HIV/AIDS and other health disparities for community based-organizations, health departments, federal and state government entities throughout the United States. In 2011, Venton was recognized at The White House by President Barack Obama for his work during the 19th International AIDS Conference. Mr. Hill-Jones has been featured in a number of publications and other media outlets including: JET magazine, BET and POZ Magazine. He is a recipient of the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) Positive Leadership Award, the National AIDS Education and Services for Minorities (NAESM) Harold Dean Philpot Leadership Award for Excellence in Support for HIV/AIDS, and Community Service. Venton received his Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health from Texas A&M University, his Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration from The University of Texas at Arlington, and also holds a global certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP).
In his free time, Venton enjoys gardening and taking road trips to National Parks with his husband, Todd and Pitbull, Honey. In addition, he is a Free and Accepted Mason (F.A.A.M.) and an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.