Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles has been named Co-President of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC).
Miles comes to the organization after a long career in business. After earning her MBA from University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, she went to work for American Express in New York City and Hong Kong, eventually launching a chain of successful coffee shops throughout Asia.
While living in Hong Kong, she had the opportunity to travel around the continent and remembers having a realization about what kind of future might be in store for the impoverished children she met as compared to that of her own children.
Drawing on her success in the business world, she joined Save the Children in 1998, her first job in the non-profit sector. Following seven years as Chief Operating Officer, she became the first female Chief Executive Officer in September 2011.
She now joins USGLC as Co-President along with Bill Lane. She fully believes that the foundation for a robust aid and development program begins with cooperation and partnership between the public, private, non-profit, and for-profit sectors.
She is also committed to changing how development work is perceived by engaging Americans through new media such as Twitter and Facebook, and by writing her own blog about her work and travels.
“We are very fortunate to have Carolyn’s leadership and expertise at the helm of the USGLC,” said Executive Director Liz Schrayer. “Given her experience in running one of the most respected humanitarian organizations in the world and her background in business, Carolyn [and]Bill will make a dynamic team in leading our efforts.”
Miles also sits on the boards of University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and Blackbaud, a software company whose products are designed specifically for non-profit organizations.
– Jordan N. Hunt