William Jahmal Miller, MHA
Office of Health Equity
California Department of Public Health

Mr. William Jahmal Miller is the deputy director of the California Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity (OHE). Appointed to this role by Governor Jerry Brown in 2013, Mr. Miller is the state’s lead advisor on issues related to reducing health and mental health disparities and achieving health equity for all Californians. Confirmed by the California State Senate, he is responsible for leading the OHE mission to promote equitable social, economic, and environmental conditions to achieve optimal health, mental health, and well-being for all.

Mr. Miller’s passion for working to achieve health equity comes from his background as a healthcare administrator in a pediatric treatment center, where he witnessed firsthand the troubling health disparities children faced because of living conditions that were no fault of their own. Though he has translated his professional passion in many ways, the task of providing those less fortunate with greater opportunities to achieve health has been the common thread. His prior work includes managing and overseeing the communications outreach for a $1 billion annual philanthropic community benefit program, as well as leadership roles with Sutter Health.

Mr. Miller is a graduate of Columbia University in New York City, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. He also holds a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Southern California. In May 2016, Western University of Health Sciences conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters to Mr. Miller, recognizing his lifetime achievements in the field of health and human services. He has completed an Executive Fellowship with the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program in conjunction with the American Leadership Forum and Coro. Touro University recognized Mr. Miller in April 2017 with the Mosaic Achievement Award, highlighting his efforts to advance the cause of diversity and inclusion. In 2015, he was recognized as an “Up & Comer” by Modern HealthCare. In 2014, Diversity MBA acknowledged Mr. Miller as part of the “Top 100 under 50.”

In 2013, Mr. Miller received the Leukemia and Lymphoma Man of the Year nomination for the Greater Sacramento area, and in 2012, he received the Sacramento Business Journal’s “40-Under-40” Award for Community Service. Mr. Miller has also served on boards for some of the nation’s most respected organizations, including the California Child Care Referral and Resource Network, The American Heart Association’s Health Equity Task Force, the American Diabetes Association, and Ronald McDonald House.

Mr. Miller currently serves on the Pacific–Southwest Region IX Health Equity Council and as a board member of the National Association of State Offices of Minority Health, the California Telehealth Network, and the Faith Fellowship Community Church, respectively. He is a native of Sacramento, California, and is the proud father of two young daughters.