Philadelphia, January 14, 2010- Mayor Michael A. Nutter has appointed Elizabeth Kay Miller, a respected non-profit manager with expertise in community development and design, to the City Planning Commission.
“I am very pleased to appoint someone with the qualifications, the imagination and the energy of Beth Miller,” said Mayor Nutter. “She has demonstrated real leadership in the areas of planning and design for many years.”
Since 2001, Ms. Miller has been the executive director of the Community Design Collaborative, a non-profit that has worked with community-based organizations on design issues. Ms. Miller has more than 20 years experience in strategic planning, community development and non-profit management, including work at Fairmount Ventures Inc. and the National Trust for Historic Preservation at its Mid-Atlantic regional office.
Ms. Miller is the first full-time executive director at the volunteer-based community design center. The Collaborative connects local nonprofits with its network of 1,000 plus volunteer design professionals to provide pro bono design assistance in service to neighborhood revitalization.
In 2010, the Collaborative provided nearly $1 million and 9,500 volunteer hours in pro bono design assistance throughout the Philadelphia region, helping 46 nonprofit and public agencies strengthen neighborhoods through design. In 2005, the Collaborative launched Infill Philadelphia, a five–year, three–phase initiative underwritten by the William Penn Foundation to cultivate innovative design strategies for urban infill development.
“I am honored by this invitation to serve on the Planning Commission and look forward to working with a committed group of commissioners and others throughout Philadelphia who are also incredibly dedicated to shaping the future of our world class city,” Ms. Miller said.
Ms. Miller has a B.A. in the growth and structure of cities from Bryn Mawr College and an M.A. in government administration from the Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.
The City Planning Commission is responsible for guiding the orderly growth and development of the City of Philadelphia, based on the 1951 Home Rule Charter that defines the powers and duties of the Commission to include the preparation of a Comprehensive Plan and its modifications; the Capital Program and Budget; proposed zoning ordinances and amendments; and regulations concerning the subdivision of land.
Today, the Commission has an equal emphasis on non-physical development issues such as economic development, housing policy, and human services delivery. The Commission has also given new importance to physical development as a result of environmental concerns, interest in historic preservation, the increasing complexity and magnitude of development proposals, and the special emphasis placed on humanizing the scale of the City through urban design.