Girard Miller, Strategic Consultant and Commentator, GOVERNING.COM

Girard Miller

Strategic Consultant and Commentator

Girard Miller is an investor, strategic consultant and commentator, residing in Malibu, Calif., after working extensively in many capacities in the public sector and investments. He is known nationally as an authority on the investment of public funds. His column, Girard Miller's Benefits Beat, appears regularly in Governing magazine, on and as part of the Governing Management Letter, a monthly e-mail publication. The views expressed in his column are his own and not those of the organizations with which he is or has been affiliated. Since July 2007, Miller has served as a voting member of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. He also serves as a director of the Tegrit Financial Group, an innovative venture capital arm of the Michigan municipal retirement system. Miller previously served as an adviser to the White House and the U.S. Treasury Department. From 2003 to 2006, he was the president of the Janus mutual funds and was chief operating officer of Janus Capital Group Inc., a global investment company with $170 billion of assets under management. Prior to that, he was the president and chief executive officer of the ICMA Retirement Corp. for 10 years. Miller's career began in the public sector. After working in local governments in New Jersey and Michigan, he joined the professional staff of the Government Finance Officers Association. He authored 12 publications for GFOA including An Elected Official's Guide to Government Finance and its renowned textbook Investing Public Funds. After GFOA, Miller joined Fidelity Investments and was later appointed the head of its public sector division. Miller earned a B.A. degree from the University of Washington-Seattle; he holds a master of public administration degree from the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a master's degree in economics from Wayne State University in Detroit. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Miller has privately funded the GFOA's Daniel Goldberg Memorial Scholarship, which provides $10,000 annually to a selected graduate student in public finance. He also founded the Vantagepoint Memorial Scholarship program, which has provided undergraduate awards worth $500,000 to 150 survivors of public employees who were killed in the line of duty.