ADVOCACY ORGANIZING: Smarter Strategies, Bigger Victories
STEVEN E. MILLER
Steve Miller started as a Boston-area tenant union organizer involved with the successful campaign to stop new highway construction. He worked with other community activists to support African-American students during the city’s anti-busing racist violence and was active in a Cambridge neighborhood coalition fighting university expansion. Miller helped start the union-affiliated Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health (MassCOSH) to help bridge the “hard-hat/green shirt” divide by making the workplace a focus of environmental activism, and is currently active with 350 Massachusetts around climate advocacy.
Miller was a founding Board member of LivableStreets Alliance, a progressive transportation advocacy group. He also served on the state’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Board, and was co-chair of NECON, a regional, primary prevention, policy-focused public health coalition.
Miller was involved with the start-up of Lotus Development Corporation, was editor-in-chief of Lotus magazine, and served on the national board of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR). He was Director of Strategic Planning for the state of Massachusetts’ information technology department. His book, Civilizing Cyberspace, was published by Addison-Wesley.
Combining technology and education, he organized several statewide NetDay campaigns that mobilized 20,000 volunteers to help jump-start technology-enabled school reform. Later, he was elected to the national board of the Consortium for School Networking (COSN). Miller was founding Board Chair of Tech Boston Academy, a pilot high school recognized by President Obama as a national model, and was an invited presenter at President Clinton’s National Education Summit. Miller has authored curriculum guides for adult learners about public policy and taught at several universities.
For five years, Miller was chair of GrassRoots International. In media, he hosted a labor-sponsored radio interview show, was the onscreen Science & Technology Reporter for a national cable TV network, and has contributed to a variety of newspapers and magazines.