Trisha Miller

Trisha Miller serves on the faculty of the Urban & Regional Planning program and is senior director for advocacy and government relations at Gates Ventures.

Trisha Miller

Miller is an expert in sustainable urban development, community resilience, climate change, and green energy. She is the former senior advisor to the secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she helped create the Office of Economic Resilience and worked to advance the President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

Miller oversaw the expansion of the Better Buildings Challenge to the multifamily sector, in partnership with DOE, which supports energy efficiency across market-rate and affordable housing. She also led HUD’s effort to triple the amount of on-site installed renewable energy capacity across the federally assisted housing stock by 2020. Before service in the Obama administration, Miller managed the Green Communities initiative at Enterprise Community Partners. Her work focused on leveraging private and public investment in green affordable housing development and sustainable building practices across the country. Miller led all aspects of the initiative, including maintaining the Green Communities Criteria and deploying over $4 million in grants and technical assistance. She created a national technical assistance network and supported the development of 20,000 units of green housing. 

Miller has testified before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee and frequently delivers keynote addresses and lectures on green housing. Before joining Enterprise, she directed the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights’ Community Development Initiative. As a Skadden Fellow, Miller launched an innovative project to bring legal resources to non-profit housing and economic development organizations and thousands of individuals across the southern United States. 

She holds a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law school and a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also has a B.A., magna cum laude, in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan.