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About Brian Miller
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Brian joined UFE's staff team as its executive director in 2009. During his first two years, he helped raise UFE's visibility in the national media, expand its base of individual supporters, and increased the overall impact of the organization. He has authored several editorials published in newspapers across the nation; co-authored a new book, The Self-Made Myth, aimed at debunking the arguments used by many to rationalize inequality; co-authored UFE's 2010, 2011, and 2012 State of the Dream reports exploring racial economic disparities; and maintains a modest blog.
Brian has worked in the social change movement for 19 years, starting as a community organizer with groups like Louisiana Coalition for Tax Justice, Louisiana Citizen Action, and Community Farm Alliance in Kentucky. More recently, from 1997 to 2009, Brian served as executive director of Tennesseans for Fair Taxation (TFT), a TFOC member group.
Some of Brian’s early accomplishments include helping prevent a hazardous waste facility from being located in a low-income, African-American community south of Baton Rouge, uncovering corporate abuses in which public officials were giving tax breaks to their own companies, and helping win passage of water quality funding in Kentucky.
With TFT, he helped bring Tennessee to the brink of comprehensive tax reform, including creation of a state income tax, and later to pass the state’s first food tax reduction. During his tenure, TFT’s membership and budget more than quadrupled, it gained credibility with the media and legislators, and expanded its popular education and community organizing reach across the state.
Brian is a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (since renamed the Univ. of Louisiana at Lafayette), where he was also active as a student organizer. Brian and his partner, Daria Gere, also a veteran community organizer who spent 10 years working with Save Our Cumberland Mountains, live in Waltham, MA with their two children.