Carla Miller - President, City Ethics
Carla Miller is the founder and president of City Ethics, an organization devoted to
the establishment of effective, research based, government ethics programs.
In September, 2013, Carla began a two year network Fellowship at the
Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.
After prosecuting and convicting the President Pro Tem of the Florida Senate for mail fraud and extortion, Carla began a quest to discover what could prevent corruption in local government. She chaired her city's Ethics Commission and wrote laws that required ethics training for all public officials. It quickly became clear that sporadic training by lawyers on conflict law was not having the desired effect and, in fact, was resented. Optimistically, she volunteered to set up an Ethics Office to integrate the training into a more comprehensive program. After several controversial cases, Carla saw the need for an independent ethics office and organized a citizen coalition to establish it. She now directs this office which has a goal to elevate ethics education from "window dressing" to a force for change in local government. Carla has trained thousands of city employees and officials across the world, written ethics codes, and received hundreds of calls on an anonymous hotline. She has fought lobbyists, big business, and union interests in their dealings with local government and understands through personal experience the meaning and impact of institutional corruption and what can be done to reverse it.
Carla has consulted with cities and governments across the world.
Carla Miller earned a law degree from the University of Florida and is a member of the Florida Bar and the Australian (NSW) Bar. She is a former Federal Prosecutor for the Middle District of Florida. Carla is the Founder and President of "City Ethics", a non-profit that provides ethics resources for governments across the world, including China, Africa and the Middle East. Currently, Carla is a Network Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard where she is piloting an ethics training program with the Massachusetts Ethics Commission.
Carla has spoken on ethics to thousands of people across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. She has presented to numerous organizations, including:
- COGEL [Council on Governmental Ethics Laws]
- the International Municipal Lawyers Association
- the International Institute for Public Ethics
- the Ethics Officer Association of America (www.theecoa.org)
- the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)
- National Association of Counties (NACO)
- The National League of Cities
- ICPA, International Public Administration conference (Canberra 2010)
- numerous elected officials, government agencies and youth leadership groups.
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