As King County Local Services’ first Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Manager, john miller is honest about the process of helping our department create a more equitable, racially diverse and inclusive work environment.
It won’t always be easy or smooth – and that’s OK.
“As we embark upon this journey to achieve equity and belonging in Local Services,” john says, “we must commit to leaning into our discomfort as it is where our learning begins.”
The part about “our learning” is especially important to john, who is so adamant about working together that he prefers the lowercase spelling of his name to remind himself and others that our focus and successes gained are about the collective group over the individual.
In this new position, john will guide and support Local Services to deliver services consistent with King County’s True North aspiration to be “a welcoming community where every person can thrive.”
During the interview process, members of the Local Services staff and the county’s Employee ESJ Committee worked to convey to john how seriously our department is taking his job.
His career spans 23 years, and he comes to Local Services from the King County Department of Human Resources, where he was on special duty from the Department of Executive Services. He has extensive experience leading programs and community engagements and an established record as an Equity and Social Justice change leader, trainer, and advocate. Road Services employees may remember john from the early work he did to help us develop the PAVE Employee Advisory Team.
When john isn’t busy serving, he and his wife are raising four fantastic boys, traveling, and sneaking in rounds of golf as much as possible.
Please join us in welcoming john to our team!