Jared Milrad

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Jared Milrad is a multiple award-winning filmmaker, entrepreneur, and advocate for inclusion and social change. A public figure and expert on fostering greater belonging and community, Jared is a noted speaker on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, including in the entertainment industry and in leading organizations and companies globally. In 2022, Jared hosted and delivered remarks at the Trans Equity Summit, an historic gathering of national leaders - including Admiral Rachel Levine, M.D. of the Biden Administration - to discuss transgender equity issues in Health, Policy, Law, and Culture.


Jared is currently the founder of A Show For A Change and Movikarma, a nonprofit supported by Warner Bros. Discovery and Lionsgate that empowers underrepresented filmmakers to build a more impactful, inclusive Hollywood. Movikarma launched a podcast, Rewriting Hollywood, in which Jared interviews Oscar-winning, Oscar-nominated, and other underrepresented voices to discuss inclusion, representation, and social impact in entertainment. In addition to launching a social impact streaming platform, Movikarma created a monthly, digital-first film festival that has helped distribute numerous award-winning films from around the world, including an Oscar-nominated film, and has built relationships with industry leaders such as The Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Warner Bros. Discovery, Netflix, Amazon Studios, Apple TV+, The Sundance Institute, Lionsgate, NBCUniversal, Participant Media, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Bad Robot, Ryan Reynolds' Group Effort Initiative, Snapchat, Shondaland, Ryan Murphy Productions, The Obama Foundation, and with Oscar-winning and Emmy-winning filmmakers.

A finalist for The Sundance Institute's Episodic Lab, Jared has created numerous films, pilots, web series, documentaries, political ads, and PSAs. His credits include the multiple award-winning film "Expecting" (writer/director/producer), "Distance" (writer/director/producer) with acclaimed cinematographer M.I. Littin-Menz ("Resistance," "The Vast of Night," "Hands of Stone") and starring Kiana Madani ("The Pirates of Somalia") and Alex Skinner ("Never Have I Ever," "Silicon Valley"), as well as "Target" (actor/writer/director/producer), "Harmony" (actor/writer/director/producer), "Cumpleanera" (actor/writer/director), "Marriage" (actor/writer/director), "1.20.17" (actor/writer/director), "Office Party" (actor/writer/producer), and "Hurry Up and Wait" (actor/writer/producer). Jared is also the star of the award-winning documentary, "Jared and Nate: A Love Story," and he produced an original docuseries about civic engagement, healthcare, racial justice, and voting rights in Georgia. Among his various acting roles, Jared has appeared opposite Tom Sizemore and Bai Ling in "Better Criminal" and ID Network's "Murder Book."

Jared worked for President Barack Obama on both of his presidential campaigns, helped lead Out For Biden LGBTQ+ outreach on President Biden's 2020 campaign, and served in The White House during the Obama Administration. He founded a nationally recognized nonprofit organization, Civic Legal Corps, which was personally endorsed by Warren Buffett's son, Peter; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor; and Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow. Jared has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support various social causes and campaigns, and he appeared in Hillary Clinton's historic presidential campaign commercials ("Getting Started," "Equal"). Jared has been profiled by dozens of media outlets around the world, including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, BBC News, The Guardian, The Times of London, TIME, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, and ABC News.

Jared co-produced and was a featured speaker at the launch of Storytellers United, a salon series inspiring inclusivity and sensitivity in entertainment, and he founded We Won't Go Back, a civic engagement platform featured in The Advocate, Out Magazine, and Mic. With his husband, Nate, Jared is the co-author of "So, You Want To Get (Gay) Married: Stuff You Need To Know Before Saying 'I Do,'" which garnered numerous mentions in national media. Jared has also worked to develop programs that empower at-risk youth in Southern California and provide more sustainable food choices for children and families.

Trained at The Second City Chicago and The Howard Fine Acting Studio, Jared is an accomplished public speaker who has advocated on behalf of President Barack Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton. He earned a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law, a graduate degree from Tufts University, and an undergraduate degree with highest honors from North Carolina State University. Jared has earned numerous awards, including the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, the prestigious General Hugh Shelton Leadership Award of Excellence, and the Caldwell Fellowship at North Carolina State University.

Jared is proud to call Los Angeles, CA, home with husband, Nate, and adopted dogs, Oliver and Dolly. In 2018, Jared was a candidate for Long Beach City Council and was personally endorsed by actor/producer Kal Penn. 

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  • What is your favorite quote? “The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still small voice within me." - Gandhi
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? Working for President Obama's campaigns, particularly in 2008, was a transformative experience that taught me how seemingly ordinary people can do extraordinary things.
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? I love working out, screenwriting and have written several books. Beyond that, I love traveling to unfamiliar places and spending time with my husband and dogs.
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? My 8th grade English teacher, Kevin Holloway, changed my life by inspiring me to write creatively and believe in myself. Beyond that, my parents were incredibly supportive and encouraging.
  • Is there anything else we should know about you? I love changemakers and do-gooders, and I love inspiring and motivating others to realize their potential - particularly when it comes to serving others!