Laurie Miller brings over 20 years of policy experience to the Zeal team. Laurie has spent numerous years in both the private and public sectors and the consulting world working with large and small businesses, governments, foundations, and campaigns to understand the realized and potential impacts of policies and design successful programs.
Currently, Laurie teaches at Cornell University and has a passion for working with multi-disciplinary and international student consulting teams and partners from the public and private sectors around the world.
She works with social impact start-ups, major multinational NGO and philanthropic organizations, small and leading international consulting firms, city, state and national government agencies, and universities and research institutions across the Unites States, Central and South America, Africa, and Asia. Select activities include analyzing policies and regulations related to incentives and markets; evaluating government and private programs and initiatives related to social policy, health policy, financial policy, and business development; enhancing private-public partnerships and results-based financing initiatives; creating new social impact programs and organizations; developing national commodities markets; and projecting impacts of changing regulations on the growth of new markets.
Previously, Laurie worked for a national research and policy organization conducting research to improve federally funded state-level programs and making recommendations to state governments, federal agencies, and the U.S. Congress. Prior to working in Washington DC, Ms. Miller was a financial and policy analyst and liaison between New York City and federal agencies; directed research related to policy and communications; and consulted with large and small organizations in the education and health care sectors. Research has been supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Ford Foundation, Citigroup Foundation, Prudential Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Gates Foundation, and the Slim Carlos Foundation, among others.
Laurie’s educational background spans two separate graduate degrees: Public Administration and Social Policy from Columbia University and Master of Education with a concentration in Human Development from Harvard University. Expert understanding of policy analysis, effective program development and implementation, and human psychology and behavior informs her work.
As a teacher, innovator and intrepid traveler she can be found visiting small villages and cities of Africa, Central America, Europe, and North and South America. Closer to home she enjoys spending time with her family in the New York’s Finger Lakes region, Washington DC, Montreal, and Cape Cod.