Clara Miller writes and speaks about sustainable finance, impact investing, business models and accounting in the nonprofit and for-profit arenas, and advises projects and individuals working for progress on same. She is President Emerita of the Heron Foundation (2011-2017) and was Founder and President/CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund (1984-2011).
Miller was named to the Nonprofit Times “Power and Influence Top 50,” seven times (2006-2017), to Inside Philanthropy’s “50 Most Powerful Women in U.S. Philanthropy for 2016 and 2017 and as Social Innovator of the Year by the University of New Hampshire in 2017. In 2015 she was named “Investor of the Year, Small Foundations,” by Institutional Investor Magazine, received the Prince’s Prize (Monaco) for Innovative Philanthropy and the Shining Star Award from Performance Space 122 in New York City. She was awarded a Bellagio Residency by the Rockefeller Foundation in 2010.
Miller was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Treasury’s first Community Development Advisory Board for the then-newly-created Community Development Financial Institutions Fund in 1996 and later became Chair. She chaired Opportunity Finance Network's board for six of her nine years as a member and served on the Community Advisory Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for eight years.
Miller served as a board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (2012-2019) and is now an outside committee member. She is an advisory board member for the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, the Song Cave and Family Independence Initiative. She is a senior adviser to the Impact Management Project (IMP) and the Open Road Alliance. She became a BridgeSpan Fellow in 2018.
Ms. Miller has been published in Alliance, Financial Times, Medium, The Atlantic Blog, Medium, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Nonprofit Quarterly and Chronicle of Philanthropy. She has spoken recently at Edinburgh International Culture Summit, Arts and Business Northern Ireland, Yale School of Management, Dartmouth's Tuck School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Columbia Business School, Aspen Ideas Festival, Sciences Po, Oxford Said Business School, Bloomberg L.P., and SoCap.