Council Executive Director Adrian Miller
Adrian Miller is a Colorado native and a lifelong member of Campbell Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Denver, Colorado. Adrian is a graduate of Stanford University and Georgetown University Law School. After practicing law in Denver for several years, Adrian became a special assistant to President William Jefferson Clinton and the Deputy Director of the President’s Initiative for One America. The President’s Initiative for One America was the first free-standing White House office in history to examine and focus on closing the opportunity gaps that exist for minorities in this country. The One America office built on the foundation laid by the President’s Initiative on Race by promoting the President’s goals of educating the American public about race, and coordinating the work of the White House and federal agencies to carry out the President’s vision of One America.
After his White House stint, Adrian returned to Colorado and served as the General Counsel and Director of Outreach at the Bell Policy Center—a progressive think tank dedicated to making Colorado a state of opportunity for all. In 2007, Adrian became the Deputy Legislative Director for Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. By the end of Gov. Ritter’s first term, Adrian was a Senior Policy Analyst for Gov. Ritter where he handled homeland security, military and veterans’ issues. Adrian was also Governor Ritter’s point person on the Colorado Campaign to End Childhood Hunger which significantly increased participation in the summer food and school breakfast programs.
Adrian is also the author of the James Beard Foundation Award-winning book Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time (University of North Carolina Press, August 2013). His next book, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families from the Washingtons to the Obamas will be published on President’s Day, 2017.
Director of Programs and Development–Rev. Tina Yankee
Rev. Yankee is a Lutheran pastor and member of the Church Council at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Denver, Colorado. She comes to the CCC with a wealth of experience on the subjects of criminal justice reform and ministry. She chairs our Criminal Justice Reform Task Force, and works on issues related to affordable housing/homelessness, the environment and ecumenical relations. Rev. Yankee can be emailed here.