Storyteller. Innovator. Changemaker.

    Jared Milrad is a filmmaker, actor, writer, lawyer and advocate with more than 10 million views worldwide and thousands of followers. Jared worked in The White House for President Barack Obama, founded a nationally recognized non-profit organization, and appeared in Hillary Clinton's historic presidential campaign commercials ("Getting Started," "Equal"). He 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 has produced several creative projects, including his first book, So, You Want To Get (Gay) Married: Stuff You Need To Know Before Saying "I Do," which is available now. Focusing on social issues and impact, Jared made his directorial debut with his film, 1.20.17, and he acted in, wrote and produced his earlier film, Office Party, as well as his award-winning web series, Hurry Up and Wait. He is also the star of the award-winning documentary, Jared and Nate: A Love Story. Jared co-produced and was a featured speaker at the launch of Storytellers United, an innovative salon series inspiring inclusivity and sensitivity in entertainment. He is the founder of We Won't Go Back, an inclusive people's movement for Americans of all backgrounds featured in The Advocate, Out Magazine, and Mic.


    Trained at renowned acting studios including The Second City Chicago and the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Hollywood, Jared graduated from Northeastern University School of Law, Tufts University, and North Carolina State University with highest honors. He currently lives in Southern California.


    Learn more about Jared's accomplishments below and get in touch with him. For booking inquiries, go here.


    For more information about Jared and his husband Nate, visit jaredandnate.com.

  • Courage

    "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'"


    - Mary Anne Radmacher


    My films, advocacy, and media appearances.


    My directorial film debut, 1.20.17, about three friends. Fearing that their world has changed, they must now decide whether to reenter it.

    My short film, OFFICE PARTY, about two co-workers weary of the corporate routine planning a forgettable surprise.

    Founder of We Won't Go Back, a people-powered movement to protect our nation's highest ideals.



    The pilot for my web series, Hurry Up and Wait.

    Trailer for OFFICE PARTY about Tom & Jack, weary of the corporate routine, plan a forgettable surprise.

    Filmed in Chicago in 2015, "Jared & Nate: A Love Story" is an award-winning short documentary about my husband Nate and I.

    The fundraising pitch for my award-winning web series, "Hurry Up and Wait"



    Featured on MSNBC's The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart discussing marriage equality and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

    Featured on Fox 32 Chicago discussing marriage equality and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

    Featured in Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign announcement with my fiancé, Nathan Johnson. As the first same-sex couple to appear in a presidential campaign launch, our role in the video received national and international media attention.

    Featured in Hillary Clinton's video for Pride Month in June 2015. The video received tens of thousands of views and was widely shared on social media.

    Featured in Hillary Clinton's campaign commercial on LGBTQ equality in December 2016.

    My 2006 commencement address at my alma mater, N.C. State University, in front of more than 10,000 graduates and their families.

    Introducing A Show For A Change, a new entertainment platform inspiring changemakers everywhere.

    A short scene about a private investigator who learns that his first and only employee is abruptly moving on.

    My role as Sam "the Inmate" in "30 To Life," a short film about a guy who just can't wait to get more jail time.

    Written, produced, and directed by UCLA film students.

    A scene about a young couple struggling to find common ground.

  • Reels

    View my acting and media reels below.

    My 2016 acting performances including clips from film, TV, and my web series, Hurry Up and Wait.

    A clip from the short film, "30 To Life," about a man who just can't get enough of prison.

    Written, produced, and directed by UCLA film students.

    My media reel featuring appearances in national media outlets, including MSNBC and HuffPost Live. I've also appeared in dozens of media outlets worldwide, including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, The London Times, TIME, NBC, ABC, CBS, and many others.

  • About Jared

    Jared Milrad was born in New York City, but his story didn't start there. It started decades earlier in Eastern Europe, where his Jewish ancestors joined thousands of other immigrants fleeing religious and cultural persecution in the early 1900's.


    Like many other Jewish immigrants at the time, Jared's teenaged grandparents settled in the Bronx and the Lower East Side. One of his grandfathers, Mitchell Milrad, worked as a garment cutter. Another started a laundry business, and despite being penniless and knowing few words of English when he arrived, Samuel Nissenbaum's success enabled him to support numerous families struggling during the Great Depression. Jared's grandmothers were equally kind and courageous, raising several children on a shoestring budget.


    Jared and his older brother Shawn were raised by their dad, Martin, and their mom, Jan, in New York City. When their parents divorced, Jared, Shawn, and their mom moved to New Jersey, where Jared decided to become a vegan the age of 14 and began planning to become a veterinarian. Jared spent his early college years at North Carolina State University as an activist, urging the university to adopt more animal-friendly policies. He also helped lead service projects in Ecuador and India and studied abroad in Botswana and Kenya, experiences that reaffirmed his commitment to improving the global good.


    Realizing the potential of politics and public policy to have a lasting impact, Jared began working on political campaigns while pursuing a graduate degree at Tufts University. In 2006, he participated in Deval Patrick's historic campaign for Governor of Massachusetts, and later joined then-Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign, working as a field organizer in New Hampshire.


    After another community organizing stint in Maine, Jared decided to attend law school in Boston and planned to practice civil rights law. However, when he graduated several years later and worked on President Obama's reelection effort in 2012, he realized that few opportunities were available for recently graduated public interest attorneys. This led Jared to found a Chicago-based non-profit organization called Civic Legal Corps, which empowers new attorneys to close the justice gap. Under Jared's leadership, Civic Legal Corps received prestigious support from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Peter Buffett, Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow, and many others.


    Dedicated to blending his experience in acting, activism, and innovation to leave a lasting impact on the world, Jared has worked in The White House for President Barack Obama and has personally raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support numerous social causes and political candidates. He currently splits his time between developing creative projects, consulting, and working as a progressive advocate. Most recently, Jared acted in, wrote, and directed several short films.


    Jared earned his undergraduate degree from N.C. State University, where he graduated with highest honors and served as a Student Commencement Speaker, a Caldwell Fellow, and received the prestigious General Hugh Shelton Leadership Award of Excellence. Jared earned his graduate degree from Tufts University, where he was awarded the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service. Having worked in the U.S. Court of Appeals For The First Circuit, Jared holds a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.


    Jared is the proud son of Martin Milrad, who passed away in 2015 after a valiant battle with dementia, and Jan West, whose courage and moral vision inspires him still.


    See examples of Jared's work and learn more about him below. For booking inquiries, go here.


    For more information about Jared and his husband Nate, visit jaredandnate.com.

  • Acting Resume

    View my acting experience in film, TV, commercials, comedy, and more below.


    Get in touch here.


    I currently serve as the Global Campaigns Lead for Mercy For Animals, the leading international non-profit animal advocacy organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices.

    The Second City

    Completed a year of improv and acting training at The Second City.

    Civic Legal Corps

    I am the Founder of Civic Legal Corps, a social enterprise non-profit organization in Chicago that empowers new attorneys to close the justice gap for low-to-moderate income families.


    Formerly Executive Director, I've discussed Civic Legal Corps at the White House, the Aspen Institute, and Harvard Law School, among others. During my tenure, I earned support from philanthropist Peter Buffett, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, (Ret.), and Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow. In 2013 and 2014, Civic Legal Corps was selected a semi-finalist for the prestigious Echoing Green Global Fellowship.


    Learn more about Civic Legal Corps at civiclegalcorps.org.

    A Show For A Change

    An entertainment platform and production company dedicated to inspiring change through story.


    Class of September 2014


    A global network of leaders and entrepreneurs under 40 who are creating a better world.

    New Leaders Council

    Class of May 2012 - Boston


    Works to train and promote the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow.


    Northeastern University School of Law

    J.D., Law 


    Internships: The White House Office of Presidential Personnel, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights (Boston), and the U.S. Court of Appeals For The First Circuit.


    Tufts University

    M.S., Animals and Public Policy


    Received the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service.



    N.C. State University

    B.S., Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences (Highest Honors)


    Served as the May 2006 Student Commencement Speaker.

    Received the Caldwell Fellowship and the General Hugh Shelton Leadership Award of Excellence.

    YI Advisors

    A venture of Young Invincibles, YI Advisors is a full-service social impact firm that serves the needs of Millennials. I served as YI Advisors' Director of Business and Technology Partnerships.

  • My Blog

  • Love

    "To find what you love to do and then to deny that is like denying yourself food or water."

    - Mom

  • Peace

    "The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within."

    - Mahatma Gandhi

  • Moments

    Follow along on Instagram!

  • Faith

    "When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion."

    - Abraham Lincoln

  • My Tweets

  • Getting In Touch

    A featured speaker with the AEI Speakers Bureau, I can speak at your next event on motivation, LGBT issues, social entrepreneurship, authenticity, and many other topics. Submit a booking request here!


    Get in touch regarding my consulting work here.

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