Expertise: Economic policy, budget and tax policy, health care policy, education policy, globalization, the role of business in society, the role of media in society
Matt Miller is a senior fellow at American Progress. He is also a weekly columnist for the Washington Post’s online edition; the host of “Left, Right & Center,” public radio’s popular political week-in-review program (named by iTunes as one of its “best podcasts”); and a contributor to MSNBC and CNBC.
Miller’s first book, The Two Percent Solution: Fixing America’s Problems In Ways Liberals And Conservatives Can Love (PublicAffairs, 2003) was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. In its cover review, the Washington Post‘s Sunday Book World called Two Percent “a welcome return to political thinking on a big canvas agenda;” the Wall Street Journal called it a “small marvel of a book.” His most recent book, The Tyranny Of Dead Ideas: Revolutionary Thinking For A New Age of Prosperity (Times Books, 2009) has been called “downright prescient” (Time) and “fascinating” (Washington Post). Miller’s commentary has been featured on “The Colbert Report,” “Real Time With Bill Maher,” “The Kudlow Report,” and many other public affairs programs. He previously wrote a nationally syndicated column for Tribune Media Services, and served as a guest columnist for The New York Times op-ed page (subbing for Maureen Dowd) in May 2005.
In his business life, he consults corporations, nonprofits, and governments on issues of strategy, policy, and communications.
Earlier in his career, Miller held senior posts in both government and business. Miller served as senior advisor in the White House Office of Management and Budget from 1993 to 1995. From 1991 to 1992 he was a White House fellow, serving as special assistant to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Prior to his government service, Mr. Miller did a stint with McKinsey & Company.
Mr. Miller, 49, was born in New York City and raised in Rye Town, New York, and Greenwich, Connecticut. He received his B.A. in economics, magna cum laude, from Brown University in 1983. (His junior year was spent at the London School of Economics.) He received his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1986, where he was a James Kent Scholar and book reviews editor of the Columbia Law Review.
Miller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Screen Actors Guild (thanks to a cameo appearance in the thriller, “The Siege.”) He serves on the board of directors of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, and was recently appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve on The Equity and Excellence Commission, which is examining inequities in U.S. school finance. His wife, Jody Miller, is the founder and CEO of The Business Talent Group. They live with their 14-year-old daughter in Los Angeles.