Jeff Miles

Vice President, Community Impact

Subject Matter Expert

Program Development, Grant Writing and Management, Strategic Planning and System Building and Improvement

Alma Maters

Michigan State University


Jeff Miles is the Vice President of Community Impact at United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Jeff brings extensive experience directing community impact operations, securing grants and financial resources, and designing innovative programming that effectively responds to community needs. With a deep passion for bringing resources to underserved communities, Jeff serves as a steward and leader for barrier-busting programs striving to make a meaningful impact in community.

In his role, Jeff oversees a broad portfolio of impact initiatives at United Way. His primary goal is to advance Stable Households, Thriving Children and Equitable Communities. Jeff works closely with his leadership and talented teams to develop agile and responsive Community Impact strategies, catering to the rapidly changing needs of households and gaps in social services sector.

Jeff leads a diverse and talented group to drive departmental and organizational goals, fostering a culture of collaboration, creativity and impact. Together, they leverage technology, innovation, and evidenced-based program models to deliver an outstanding experience to United Way for Southeastern Michigan clients, ensuring a person-centered approach to United Way’s impact work that promotes positive outcomes.

With a strategic mindset, Jeff collaborates with a variety of department leads and stakeholders to develop and monitor the Community Impact strategic priorities and annual budget, ensuring the scalability and sustainability of their new Community Information Exchange technical infrastructure and client service model. Their collective commitment to equity and diversity informs United Way’s Community Impact grant-making strategy to support their partners in the social safety net.

Jeff is a seasoned change agent and culture builder, adept at mobilizing and leveraging the power of relationships, networks and community stakeholders to build trust and ensure sustainable funding models for United Way’s work. His servant leadership style fosters cross-functional teams, operational excellence and data-driven analysis and evaluation.

Through a multi-faceted equity-based mindset, Jeff remains focused on meeting the organization’s goals while aligning with its core values in the short and long term. With a track record of success in program development, grant writing and management, and corporate social responsibility, he is committed to community outreach and system building, continually striving for a greater impact in the community.

Jeff lives in Detroit with his wife and two young sons.