Mayor Greg Nickels recently announced he has appointed one of Seattle's leading education advocates to head the Office for Education.
Holly Miller, who has been executive director for the New School Foundation for the past eight years, will be returning to the city to lead the Mayor's Office for Education, which is responsible for implementing the recently renewed Families and Education Levy.
"I am very pleased that Holly Miller has agreed to lead the Office for Education," Nickels said. "She is a widely recognized advocate for reform and she'll be a strong force for closing the achievement gap and implementing the Families and Education Levy."
Before directing the New School Foundation, Miller led the city's Parks and Recreation and Construction and Land Use (now Department of Planning and Development) departments and the King County Department of Planning and Community Development.
Miller holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in history from the University of Georgia, and has done post-graduate work at Boston University and the University of Washington.
Miller said she was honored by the mayor's appointment to lead the Office of Education.
"I share the Mayor's passion for closing the achievement gap by using city resources to create and enhance community partnerships," she said.
"There are very few issues that would cause me to make a career move at this point," Miller added. "The opportunity to help bring additional resources to improve the academic achievement and well-being of students in Seattle is one I could not let go by. I am deeply honored that the Mayor has asked me to assume this position at this critical time."
In addition to administering the Families and Education Levy, the office coordinates City and School Partnerships, which help build quality learning environments, and Community Partnerships, which help business leaders and philanthropists around the region support programs to help kids thrive.
"The mayor has made an outstanding choice in selecting Holly Miller to head up the Office for Education," said James Kelly, President and CEO of Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. "With her experience in city government and with the New School Foundation, she will make an outstanding member of the Nickels administration and will help keep the city moving forward on improving educational achievement in our schools."
For more information, visit the mayor's Web site at the address www.cityofseattle.net/mayor.