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Miles Sandler

Miles Sandler

Kauffman Foundation

Washington, DC USA

"Regret is a waste of energy."

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Day In The Life

Director of Policy and Engagement

I manage the policy agenda for a private foundation.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Psychology

    SUNY New Paltz

  • Graduate Degree

    Public Administration

    Baruch College

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    In high school, I knew I wanted to work with kids and thought I would end up working in child psychology.

  • 2.

    I earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology and then got a job working for the Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh—I started as a theater teacher and then worked my way up to program director.

  • 3.

    In order to have more impact at a systems level, I wanted to go back to school for my master’s degree but didn’t see how I could afford it.

  • 4.

    I applied and was accepted to the National Urban Fellow program, which combined a master’s program in public administration with a fellowship and covered the cost of the degree.

  • 5.

    Through the program, I worked for the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative and then was able to transition to National League of Cities after finishing my degree.

  • 6.

    I spent three years with National League of Cities working with urban centers across the U.S. on education initiatives, including after school programming, higher education, and workforce development.

  • 7.

    I then got the opportunity to join the Kauffman Foundation to lead their education and public affairs work.

  • 8.

    After four and a half years as the director of engagement for education, I moved into my current role as director of policy and engagement.