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Craig R. Miller

AIDS Walk Founder and Senior Organizer

Since creating the world's first AIDS Walk in Los Angeles in 1985, Craig R. Miller and his colleagues at MZA Events have have produced over 100 fundraisers in cities throughout the United States, garnering more than $375 million for the fight against AIDS.

In his early 20's, Craig was among California's youngest managers of progressive legislative and congressional campaigns, earning the respect of veteran members of the U.S. Congress, including Reps. Howard L. Berman and Anthony C. Beilenson, for his ability to guide long-shot campaigns to victory.

In 1984, he turned his attention to raising money for AIDS organizations in the hope of helping to fill the gap left by the government's negligible response to the epidemic. Immediately following the inaugural AIDS Walk Los Angeles-which astonished observers and organizers alike with its size and results-GMHC and other AIDS organizations called on Craig to help in their cities. Within the next 2 years, he founded AIDS Walk New York and AIDS Walk San Francisco.

The events Craig and his colleagues developed continue to be a mainstay of the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Always pursuing new ways to be effective, Craig formed AIDS Community Action Foundation (ACAF) in 2004. The Foundation's mission is to help reinvigorate America's response to the domestic HIV epidemic by funding cutting-edge AIDS activism.

Since its inception, ACAF has made tens of thousands of dollars in grants and has also directly funded efforts to raise awareness about the crystal meth epidemic fueling the spread of HIV among gay men. In partnership with the LA Gay and Lesbian Center, ACAF has been spearheading efforts to achieve Social Security and Disability benefits equality for LGBT people and is the co-sponsor of such legislation by U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Los Angeles). In general, ACAF funds programs aimed at giving rise to the next generation of AIDS activists.

In recent years, Craig has become a student of Zen Buddhist meditation and is deeply grateful to his teachers everywhere.