Joe Milam resides in Kokomo, Indiana with his family. In 2023, he joined Friends of the Children after working for 11 years at a public housing authority. During his time there, he wrote grants, managed Federal programs, and coordinated services to assist more than 1,500 low-income families annually in his community. Joe also developed summer programs for high school-age youth from low-income families that included leadership skills, building exercises, career exploration, and post-secondary planning. Additionally, Joe has experience in higher education, having taught remedial English at a community college to help adult learners strengthen their academic skills before enrolling in 100-level courses. He continues to work with the Department of Child Services performing case management, visit facilitation, and foster home and adoption licensure for the State of Indiana. Joe is passionate about poverty alleviation and implementing strategies that improve people's lives. Throughout his career, he has established partnerships with various stakeholders in his community to invest in resources that connect families with opportunities.
Joe graduated from Saint Joseph’s College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Indiana University with a Master of Liberal Studies with a focus in Political Theory. In his free time, Joe enjoys exploring music with his children, and planning future adventures with his wife.