Communities In Schools Adds Vice President of Government Relations to Senior Leadership Team
Arlington, Va. – Mar. 24, 2016 – Debra Montanino, chief strategy officer of Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, today announced that Tiffany Miller has joined the organization as vice president of government relations.
Miller is a well-known and respected leader in national education policy. She joins CIS from the Center for American Progress (CAP) where she served as director of education policy. During her tenure, she helped create and guide the overall strategic direction for the organization’s K-12 education team.
“I am honored to bring Tiffany on board our senior leadership team, particularly during this critical time for our organization as we work to further establish integrated student supports (wraparound services) as a successful and proven model for improving student achievement in our country,” said Montanino.
Miller will report to Montanino and join senior leaders on the CIS External Affairs Team where she will work on policy and advocacy initiatives to assist 11 million low-income students in the U.S. who face non-academic barriers to learning that place them at greater risk for dropping out.
In her new role at Communities In Schools, Miller will lead the national office’s engagement with policymakers in the legislative and executive branches. She will also guide the development and implementation of state and local advocacy strategies that support the work of more than 161 affiliates in the CIS network.
“As someone who needed extra supports to graduate from high school, I have a deep appreciation for the work and mission of Communities In Schools,” said Miller. “I look forward to joining this great team and advancing efforts to improve the lives of children by helping them succeed in school and in life.”
Miller added that she was pleased to bring her deep experience in policy, advocacy, research and evaluation to an evidence-based organization like Communities In Schools.
Miller is a graduate of Kent State University and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from American
Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside more than 2,300 schools across the country, we connect kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. We do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids—regardless of the challenges they may face—have what they need to realize their potential.