Karen McNeil Miller
The Colorado Health Foundation
Karen McNeil Miller is President and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation. In this role, she oversees the Foundation’s strategic direction and overall mission to improve the health and health care of Coloradans by increasing access to quality health care and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices. With $2.3 billion in assets, the Foundation engages in communities across Colorado through grantmaking, public policy and advocacy, private sector engagement, strategic communications, evaluation for learning and assessment and by operating primary care residency training programs.
Karen joined the Foundation in September 2015 after serving for more than 10 years as the President of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, one of North Carolina’s largest private foundations. Under her leadership, the Trust evolved into a strategic, impact-driven foundation with a national presence on issues ranging from rural health to access to care. Karen spearheaded Healthy Places NC – a decade-long, $100 million initiative to improve the health of 10 to 12 of North Carolina’s low-income, rural communities – and the $30 million Great Expectations initiative to invest in financially disadvantaged children to ensure they are successful in life and school.
Prior to joining the Trust, Karen spent 16 years with the Center for Creative Leadership, an international leadership development and research, nonprofit organization headquartered in Greensboro, N.C. During her tenure, Karen developed expertise in individual and organizational leadership development, succession planning, team building, diversity, executive coaching, leading change and transitions, and strategic thinking. She trained executives from the world’s major companies in twenty-four countries. A former special education teacher and Head of the Piedmont School in North Carolina, Karen is active within the nonprofit community and national and regional philanthropic and rural health organizations.
She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her doctorate from Vanderbilt University.