Venton will be one of the first out LGBTQ Black members of the Texas legislature!
Venton represents a new generation of leaders committed to advancing health equity and social justice through 15 years of experience leading non-profit organizations and initiatives. Since the beginning of his career, Venton has been a tireless advocate to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic and improving health equity for marginalized populations.
Venton is the Founder and CEO of the Southern Black Policy and Advocacy Network (SBPAN). The mission of SBPAN is to improve health, social, and economic conditions impacting Black communities in the U.S. South. Venton has a long history of successfully implementing innovative and effective new initiatives on a local, state and federal level. Throughout his career, Venton has served in various high profile leadership roles with some of the nation’s leading public policy organizations and academic institutions responding to health disparities and has been responsible for managing multi-million dollar public health programs, advancing public policy, and building effective coalitions.
Venton is currently an appointee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Health Resources and Services Administration Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STD Prevention and Treatment by the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar. In addition to his national and regional work, Venton is extremely active in his hometown of Dallas, Texas as the Chairman of the Dallas County HIV Task Force, Former Vice Chair of the Dallas County Ryan White Planning Council, and City of Dallas Appointee to the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center Board.
Venton’s extensive background has led him to serve as an expert consultant for community based- organizations, health departments, and federal and state government entities throughout the United States. In 2011, Venton was recognized at the White House by President Barack Obama for his HIV advocacy work. Venton has also been featured in a number of publications and other media outlets including JET magazine, BET, and POZ Magazine.
Venton received his Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health from Texas A&M University, his Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration from The University of Texas at Arlington.
Venton is also a Democratic Precinct Chair, Election Judge, and is a member of Free and Accepted Masons (F.A.A.M.) and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.