Debby Miller joined the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund in April 2013 as its Vice President of External Relations, overseeing its philanthropy, marketing and communications, and public policy efforts.
She came to the Community Loan Fund from More Than Wheels where, as Executive Director, she was responsible for marketing efforts focused on building strong partnerships with businesses, nonprofits, and government to increase awareness of More Than Wheels’ services around New Hampshire.
Previously, Miller was in banking since 1978, and held various leadership positions in mortgage lending and community development. As Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Affairs in New England for Citizens Bank, she was responsible for overseeing public and community relations, media relations, internal communications, special events, charitable contributions, marketing sponsorships and government affairs for the New England region.
In addition, she was responsible for the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) activities and programs throughout its 13-state footprint. She was responsible for leading efforts to obtain Outstanding CRA ratings from the FDIC in 1999 and 2003.
During her tenure at Citizens, Miller was responsible for developing a number of award-winning initiatives, including the Champions in Action program. The Champions program couples an unrestricted grant to a nonprofit organization with promotional support provided by a media partner. Miller created this program in direct response to hearing from small nonprofits that their need for publicity was often just as great as their need for financial support. As a result, Champions receive free public service announcements, printed brochures and posters, promotion in all Citizens branch locations, and promotion on all Citizens ATM machines. Citizens now awards new Champions in Action quarterly across its entire footprint.
An active volunteer, Miller has served on the boards of directors of many organizations. In 2014, she was honored by the Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, MA. for her strong and continued commitment to the health and well-being of New England residents. She currently serves as the chair of the board of trustees for Winston-Salem State University and as past chair of Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, MA. In addition, she was appointed by Governor Jeanne Shaheen to serve as a trustee for the University System of New Hampshire, where she chaired the External Affairs Committee.
Miller has received numerous awards in recognition of her leadership as well as her work in the community. In 2003, she was named one of New Hampshire’s “Remarkable Women” by New Hampshire Magazine. She was also honored with the Susan B. Anthony Award from the Manchester YWCA in 2005. Most recently Miller received the “Leading Women Award” from the Girl Scouts Patriots’ Trail Council in 2007 and was inducted into the Academy of Women’s Achievers at the YWCA Boston in 2008.
She is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Affairs and Economics.