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Maurice Miller
President and CEO
The Family Independence Initiative

Maurice Lim Miller is the Founder of The Family Independence Initiative, a unique anti-poverty approach that has had significant impact by shifting the responsibility for impacting poverty to the target families and their natural cultural communities.

Previous to this initiative, Maurice was the executive director of Asian Neighborhood Design (A.N.D.), a multi-service community development agency in San Francisco and Oakland California. During his 22 year tenure the agency grew to a budget of $10 million annually with a staff of over 120, with half of the agency revenues generated by two businesses that the agency also started and ran.

Based on his work to promote racial understanding and economic opportunities in low income communities, Maurice was honored by former President Clinton with an invitation to sit with the First Lady at the President’s 1999 State of the Union address.

Maurice graduated from U.C. Berkeley with an engineering degree. While working as an engineer Maurice was drafted and served in the Vietnam war. Upon returning, Maurice obtained a Master of Arts in Design from U.C. Berkeley as well as taught community design there for two years. Maurice has authored several articles and policy papers related to anti-poverty work as well as lectured and presented nationally and internationally. He is a Trustee of the California Endowment and the Hitachi Foundations.

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