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Matt Miller is an author, columnist, radio host, and consultant whose work focuses on agenda-setting ideas and creative problem-solving in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
In his public policy life, Miller is a columnist for The Washington Post, the host of "Left, Right & Center," public radio's popular political week-in-review program; and host of the podcast, "This...Is Interesting," which brings listeners deeper encounters with "the people and ideas that are shaping our world. Miller's first book, The Two Percent Solution: Fixing America's Problems In Ways Liberals And Conservatives Can Love (PublicAffairs, 2003) was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. In its cover review, the Washington Post's Sunday Book World called Two Percent "a welcome return to political thinking on a big canvas agenda;" the Wall Street Journal called it a "small marvel of a book." His second book, The Tyranny of Dead Ideas: Revolutionary Thinking For A New Age of Prosperity (Times Books, 2009) has been called "downright prescient" (Time) and "fascinating" (Washington Post). Miller was previously a columnist and contributor at Fortune, The Daily Beast, Time, and The New Republic; he wrote a nationally syndicated column for Tribune Media Services from 1996 to 2005, and served as a guest columnist for the New York Times op-ed page (subbing for Maureen Dowd) in the spring of 2005. Miller's commentary has been featured on The Colbert Report, Real Time With Bill Maher, and many other public affairs programs, and he has been a contributor and guest host on MSNBC.
Miller ran for Congress in California's 33rd Congressional district in 2014, winning the endorsement of the Los Angeles Times as "best suited...to revitalize the stalled conversations currently dominating Washington," along with praise for his "keen analytical mind and a set of creative and forward-looking proposals."
In his business life, Miller consults to corporate, nonprofit and government leaders on issues of strategy, policy and communications. Miller also serves on the board of directors of Brighter, a health/dental marketplace start-up backed by venture firms Benchmark and Mayfield.
Earlier in his career, Miller held senior posts in both government and business. Miller served as Senior Advisor in the White House Office of Management and Budget from 1993 to 1995. From 1991 to 1992 he was a White House Fellow, serving as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Prior to his government service, Mr. Miller did a stint with McKinsey, where he managed strategy and organization assignments for media and retail companies. Earlier he was a senior vice president with Petrie Stores Corporation, which operated a chain of women's clothing stores.
Mr. Miller was born in New York City and raised in Rye Town, New York, and Greenwich, Connecticut. He received his B.A. in economics, magna cum laude, from Brown University. (His junior year was spent at the London School of Economics.) He received his law degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar and book reviews editor of the Columbia Law Review.
Miller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Screen Actors Guild (thanks to a cameo appearance in the thriller, The Siege.) He serves on the board of directors of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, and was appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve on The Equity and Excellence Commission, which examined inequities in school finance. He speaks often on politics and policy to diverse audiences, including invited sessions at No. 10 Downing Street, and with official groups in Beijing and Shanghai at the request of the U.S. Department of State (including a talk at the Communist Party's executive training center). His wife, Jody Miller, is the founder and CEO of The Business Talent Group. They live with their 17-year-old daughter in Los Angeles.
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