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Bio: Carolyn Miles, President & CEO
Carolyn Miles is President & Chief Executive Officer for Save the Children. Save the Children is the leading independent organization inspiring breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, achieving immediate and lasting change in their lives. In 2012, helped more than 125 million children in the United States and in 120 countries around the world.
Carolyn joined the organization in 1998, and was the COO from 2004-2011. During her tenure as COO, Save the Children doubled the number of children it reached with nutrition, health, educational, and other programs, and helped grow the organization's budget — 89 percent of which goes directly to programs serving children — from $250 million to more than $550 million. She became the CEO and President in 2011 and since then the organization has grown in annual resources of over $620 million.
Earlier, she worked in Hong Kong for American Express and as an entrepreneur. While living in Asia, she confronted massive deprivation of the region's children and committed herself to their welfare. She has served on numerous boards, including Blackbaud, InterAction, USGLC, MFAN and the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, where she received her M.B.A. Carolyn also holds a BA in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University.
Merging an Entrepreneurial Spirit with a Commitment to the World's Children
Initially, Carolyn worked in the private sector after earning her M.B.A. from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, on whose board she now sits. She worked for American Express in Hong Kong, and subsequently partnered to start a successful chain of coffee shops there as an entrepreneur.
During her years in Asia, she came face-to-face with the endemic deprivation faced by millions of children. Moved by the dramatic juxtaposition of this poverty with the opportunities available to her own children, she dedicated herself to providing the world's children with better opportunities in life.
Carolyn is a member of the Board of Directors of Blackbaud, a major supplier of nonprofit software and is the chair of the Nominations/Governance Committee. She also serves on the Board of the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. Carolyn received an M.B.A. from the Darden School and a B.A. from Bucknell University.
More About Save the Children
Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, Save the Children's work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves. Assistance extends to life-saving health care, education and income-earning opportunities for out-of-school youth and families. We work with other organizations, governments, non-profits, private sector organizations and a variety of local partners while maintaining its own independence without political agenda or religious orientation. Save the Children is affiliated with 30 Save the Children member organizations worldwide.
With 89 percent of its expenditures going directly to program services,Save the Children/US has been recognized with an "A" ranking from the American Institute of Philanthropy, a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and "Meets All of the Standards for Charity Accountability" from the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.