making local government more ethical

Carla Miller - President, City Ethics

Carla Miller is the founder and president of City Ethics, an organization devoted to the establishment of government ethics programs across the United States, Europe and Australia.
Since August 28, 2007, Carla has been working part-time in the appointed position of Ethics Officer for the City of Jacksonville.

Read the appointment speech to the Jacksonville City Council.

In September, 2013, Carla began a network Fellowship at the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

Carla was the Chair of the Jacksonville, Florida, Ethics Commission and worked on the rewrite of the city's ethics code. She has served in a volunteer capacity as the city's Ethics Officer since 1999 and has developed ethics training for elected officials and several thousand city employees.
From 2003-2006, Carla was an officer of COGEL, the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws ' the leading body for government ethics in North America. She is currently Global Affairs Chair for Cogel. She has led efforts to jumpstart government ethics programs in municipalities across the U.S. and to coordinate best practices in values-based ethics training. She has been featured in newspapers across the U.S for her work in ethics, including the New York Times.
Carla has spoken on ethics to thousands of people across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. She has presented to numerous organizations, including:

Carla worked on the faculty of the Josephson Institute. The Josephson Institue was founded by Michael Josephson who started the national Character Counts program.

Carla is also a faculty member of the Government Ethics Camps of The Markkula Center for Ethics at Santa Clara University. She is also a Government Ethics Fellow at University of North Florida and an adjunct professor at UESTC in Chengdu, China.

Since 2006, Carla has worked with the Commission on Public Integrity of Iraq (CPI) in program development and the implementation of ethics programs for children.


  • Law Degree from the University of Florida, with studies at Trinity College, Cambridge, England
  • B.A. Degree in Criminology, Florida State University
  • Former Federal Prosecutor for the Middle District of Florida; specializing in white collar crime prosecutions (including the prosecution of the President Pro tem of the Florida Senate for mail fraud and extortion).
  • Winner of community awards, including the Times Union 'EVE' Award for volunteer service to the community and the Volunteer Jacksonville, Golden Rule Award.
  • Recipient of the International Distinguished Service Award in Crime Prevention from the International Chiefs of Police

Click HERE for press articles referencing her work.