Anne Milgram

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Anne Milgram
Anne Milgram official DEA photo.jpg
6th Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration
Assumed office
June 28, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
DeputyPreston Grubbs
Preceded byMichele Leonhart
57th Attorney General of New Jersey
In office
June 29, 2007 – January 18, 2010
GovernorJon Corzine
Chris Christie
Preceded byStuart Rabner
Succeeded byPaula Dow
In office
Acting: August 31, 2006 – September 26, 2006
GovernorJon Corzine
Preceded byZulima Farber
Succeeded byStuart Rabner
Personal details
Born (1970-12-01) December 1, 1970 (age 51)
Perth Amboy, New Jersey, U.S.
EducationRutgers University-New Brunswick (BA)
Trinity Hall, Cambridge (MPhil)
New York University (JD)

Anne Melissa Milgram (born December 1, 1970) is an American attorney, and academic who serves as the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

As 57th attorney general of New Jersey from 2007 to 2010,[1] she reformed the Camden Police Department and greatly increased the use of technology and data analysis to fight crime and improve overall community safety.

Early life and education[edit]

Milgram was born on December 1, 1970, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.[2] She grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey,[3] the daughter of Gail (née Gleason) and William "Bill" Milgram.[4][5] Her mother was a professor at Rutgers University, and her father was an engineer.[4] She has one sister Lynn Milgram Mayer who is a college professor.[4]

Milgram served as a congressional page while attending East Brunswick High School, building on her family's tradition of public service.[6] She graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University, New Brunswick in 1992 with a degree in English and Political Science, where she was also a member of the Cap and Skull Senior Honor Society. She earned her Master of Philosophy in social and political theory from Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 1993 and subsequently received her Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law in 1996.[7]


Milgram clerked for United States District Court Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton, from 1996 to 1997.[7] In 1997, she began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. Milgram later worked in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice, where she served as the Special Litigation Counsel for Human Trafficking and led the department's human trafficking prosecutions. Milgram was counsel to Senator Jon Corzine during his final year in the United States Senate.[7]

Attorney General of New Jersey[edit]

Milgram became Acting Attorney General on September 1, 2006, following the resignation of former Attorney General Zulima Farber.[8] From 2007 to 2010, Milgram served as New Jersey's Attorney General.[9]

Intergovernmental cooperation[edit]

In 2007, Milgram announced a partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) to allow New Jersey to trace the sources of illegal firearms through real-time electronic access to BATF's E-Trace system, a nationwide data base that lists a firearm's first purchaser, date of purchase, and the retailer from which the gun was purchased. As Attorney General, Milgram directed all police departments in New Jersey to forward all gun tracing information to E-trace to build a New Jersey database.[10][non-primary source needed]

Arnold Foundation[edit]

Milgram has championed the use of smart data, analytics, and technology as a way to reinvent the criminal justice system. At the Arnold Foundation, she led the creation, development and national implementation of a new pretrial risk assessment tool to provide judges with more information for when they decide whether to release or jail people who have been arrested.[11][non-primary source needed]

In addition to developing the Public Safety Risk Assessment tool, Milgram spearheaded more than $55 million in philanthropic grants and operational projects. This included significant efforts to: shift the national focus from the back end of the criminal justice system (probation, parole, and reentry) to the front end of the system (pretrial); expand the research base for criminal justice; create state and local criminal data warehouses; work cross-sector to combine crime, health, education, housing and social service data to identify and test new areas of intervention and diversion; and develop a broader strategy for national criminal justice reform.[12] [non-primary source needed]

"Law & Order: SVU"[edit]

From 2013 to 2021, Milgram served as one of Wolf Entertainment's legal advisors, consulting on the hit television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[13] In this role, she worked with the show's writers, producers, and actors to help portray the courtroom and the country's legal system as accurately as possible.

Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration[edit]

On April 12, 2021, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Milgram to be the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration.[14] On April 22, 2021, her nomination was sent to the Senate.[15] On May 26, 2021, a hearing on her nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[16] She was confirmed by the US Senate by Unanimous Consent on June 24, 2021, and she was sworn in on June 28 by Attorney General Merrick B. Garland.

Academic career[edit]

Milgram is presently a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at New York University School of Law, where she is building a Criminal Justice Innovation Lab, dedicated to using data and technology to transform the American criminal justice system. She teaches seminars on criminal justice policy and human trafficking. In 2020, as part of her work with the Criminal Justice Lab at New York University School of Law, Milgram worked with the city of Indianapolis to redefine public safety within the community, identify key data metrics of government institutions and implement changes to the ways in which law enforcement functions.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Anne Milgram resides in New York City with her husband and son.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "State of New Jersey, Office of the Attorney General". November 9, 2009.
  2. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Questionnaire for Non-Judicial Nominees: Anne Melissa Milgram
  3. ^ "Corzine Nominates New Chief Justice and Attorney General" (Press release). Governor of New Jersey. June 4, 2007. Archived from the original on June 11, 2007. Retrieved June 22, 2007.
  4. ^ a b c Fisher, Robin L. "General Anne Milgram".
  5. ^ White, William L. (2011). "The Evolution of Alcohol and Drug Studies: An Interview with Gail Gleason Milgram, Ed.D.Professor Emerita Center of Alcohol Studies" (PDF). Rutgers University.
  6. ^ Smith, Jessica. "A.G. has come a long way in a short time East Brunswick native shares her goals for law enforcement effort", Greater Media, July 26, 2007. Accessed June 25, 2019. "Growing up in East Brunswick, Middlesex County, in a family steeped in public service, Anne Milgram knew early on that she would follow a similar path.... Leaving East Brunswick High School to serve as a congressional page at the U.S. House of Representatives, Milgram had her first taste of government work, and knew it was for her."
  7. ^ a b c Official bio, New Jersey Attorney General. Accessed September 23, 2008.
  8. ^ "Farber resigns as attorney general: Independent report cites ethics violations in boyfriend's traffic stop" Archived March 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, North Bergen Reporter, August 20, 2006.
  9. ^ Jones, Richard G. (June 22, 2007). "After One Objection, Senate Confirms Corzine's Choice for Chief Justice". The New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2007. The Senate voted 36 to 1 to confirm Stuart Rabner, who has been attorney general since September 2006 and was Mr. Corzine's chief counsel before that. It also confirmed Anne Milgram, Mr. Rabner's first assistant, to succeed Mr. Rabner as attorney general.
  10. ^ "State of New Jersey". Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  11. ^ Milgram, Anne (October 2013), Why smart statistics are the key to fighting crime
  12. ^ "Laura and John Arnold Foundation announces request for criminal justice research proposals - Laura and John Arnold Foundation". November 10, 2015. Archived from the original on August 26, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  13. ^ "Spotlight: Anne Milgram".
  14. ^ "President Biden Announces His Intent to Nominate 11 Key Administration Leaders on National Security and Law Enforcement". The White House. April 12, 2021. Retrieved April 12, 2021.
  15. ^ "Nominations Sent to the Senate", White House, April 22, 2021
  16. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Nominations for May 26, 2021
  17. ^ Hill, Crystal. "Indianapolis will review how city and police initially responded to protests, Hogsett says". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved June 22, 2020.

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