Les Miller, Jr.

Lesley “Les” Miller, Jr.

Board Chair

Les Miller is a Tampa leader who has represented the people of Hillsborough County in multiple elected positions. This included 10 years on the Hillsborough County Commission (with several terms as Chairperson), 6 years as a Florida State Senator (with roles such as Minority Leader and Vice Chair of the Ways and Means Committee), 8 years as a Florida State Representative (with roles such as Minority Leader and Vice Chair of the House Budget Conference Committee), and a year on the Tampa City Council.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, his career history also includes service as Interim Associate Vice President and Dean for Students at USF, Director of the Office of Community Relations and Office of the Student Ombudsman at USF, Manager of Minority Business Development and Governmental Relations at Tampa General Hospital, and more. Today, he is Principal at Shumaker Advisors Florida.

In addition to Children’s Network of Hillsborough, Les serves on the boards of Visit Tampa Bay and the Urban League of Hillsborough County. He holds an honorary doctorate from Florida A&M University and a B.A. in Political Science from USF. Les has received dozens of awards for excellence and public service throughout his career.