Anne Milgram, Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration

Anne Milgram

Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration

Anne Melissa Milgram was born in December 1970 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. She served as a congressional page while attending high school. She earned an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, a Master of Philosophy from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and received a Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law.

She clerked at the Eastern New Jersey U.S. District Court, then began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. She worked in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she was the Special Litigation Counsel for Human Trafficking. She served as counsel to a U.S. senator.

Milgram became Acting Attorney General of New Jersey, later serving as the state’s Attorney General for three years. She spent four years as head of the Criminal Justice Initiative at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and was a legal adviser to the television series Law & Order Special Victims Unit. In 2017, she joined a private law firm in New York. She was also a professor at the New York University School of Law where she founded the Criminal Justice Lab.

President Joe Biden nominated Milgram to be the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. She was confirmed by the Senate and assumed office in June 2021. 

She is married and has one son. 

In the News…

Drug Enforcement Administrator Anne Milgram recently answered most of the questions directed to her by members of the House Appropriations Committee with “I’ll have to get back to you on that.“ 

Committee members asked the DEA administrator about Mexico’s cooperation in drug interdiction. She said two of the major cartels, the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartel organizations, were “the greatest drug threat that this country has ever faced.” She later added, “We all need to do more, and Mexico needs to do more.” 

When asked about the awarding of no-bid contracts, Administrator Milgram said, “I think it’s an important issue, and the Inspector General is conducting an administrative review of some DEA contracts… I welcome that and I am not going to step in front of him out of respect for his work.” 

Regarding the work the DEA was doing, she said, “I believe we are doing what we need to do, which is transform our vision, the way we work, and how we execute the order to stop Americans from dying, and I believe we’re doing that.” 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Administrator Milgram today? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Anne Milgram, Administrator 
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration 
800 K Street, NW Suite 500 
Washington, DC 20001 


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