The Board of Directors of Human Solutions, Inc. announced today that Andy Miller has been named Executive Director of the Human Solutions, effective July 13. He will succeed Jean DeMaster, who is retiring at the end of September. .
In announcing the appointment of Miller, Carla Piluso, chair of Human Solutions' Board of Directors, stated "We are all extremely pleased to bring a tremendous leader to Human Solutions. Andy Miller has an outstanding record of achievement in housing and dealing with the issues of poverty in our community. He is committed to building on Human Solutions’ reputation as a leading human services provider. Even though no one can replace Jean DeMaster, Andy has the skills, talents, and personality to advance Human Solutions’ mission.”
Born and raised in New Rochelle, NY and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell Law School, Miller has lived and worked in Oregon since 1992. Miller's employment history is diverse and far-reaching. He began his career as an attorney working on anti-poverty issues in legal services programs in Rochester, NY and Bend and Hillsboro, OR. He represented hundreds of clients in need of legal assistance to escape or prevent homelessness or other impacts of poverty. Miller added “This early experience, working directly with families and individuals accessing the justice system to secure or protect a home for their family, continues to inform my work and advocacy almost daily.”
Mr. Miller spent thirteen years with the City of Portland’s Housing Bureau, including Executive Leadership positions as the Bureau Operations Manager and Deputy Director. During his time with the City of Portland, Miller had a successful track record of developing, preserving and advocating for resources to fund effective community-based solutions for homelessness and the development of hundreds of units of affordable housing.
Most recently, Miller served as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Housing and Enterprise Operations with Volunteers of America Oregon.
"I have supported and admired the work of Human Solutions for many years – it is indeed a very special player in our region’s social service continuum and a cornerstone of the safety net in East County. I am privileged and honored to accept this responsibility bestowed by the Board of Directors of Human Solutions and I am eager to get right to work with our talented and experienced staff. I am truly humbled to have this opportunity to build upon the outstanding legacy of leadership and advocacy of Jean DeMaster, one of our community’s greatest voices for the needs of its most vulnerable residents." said Miller.
For over 25 years, Human Solutions has worked to help ensure that homeless and low-income families have the tools and resources they need to build pathways out of poverty.