Notable Alumni: Lilliann Paine

Chief of Staff / Milwaukee Health Department

  • Category: Notable Alumni
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 9
  • Undergrad degree/university: UW-Milwaukee
  • Graduate degree/university: UW-Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – 2005 (bachelor’s), 2013 (master’s)

Lilliann Paine, MPH, is a member of Gov. Tony Evers’ Health Equity Council and serves as a board member of Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA).

She was the chief of staff for the Milwaukee Health Department from December of 2019 to March 2021. Paine helped coordinate the city’s COVID-19 response and expanded COVID-19 testing at Miller Park through a partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers.

“Ms. Paine has had a remarkable impact on the public’s health in a short time,” said Zilber School of Public Health’s Acting Dean Amy Harley. “Her work recognizing racism as a public health crisis in Milwaukee and Wisconsin illustrates her commitment to social justice and to systems change, key goals here at ZSPH. She is a driving force for positive change in the Milwaukee community and beyond.”

Paine was recognized with 2019 and 2020 WPHA Presidential Citations and the 2020 Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors Citation for Visionary Leadership. She is a 2020 YWCA Circle of Women Face of the Future. 

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