Leah Miller, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento
Leah has dedicated her life to bringing people together to help build a stronger community where everyone has a safe, decent place to call home. Formerly a Development Director and Interim CEO for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, a locally and non-governmentally supported nonprofit that empowers low-income families through home ownership and provides critical repairs to vulnerable senior and Veteran homeowners, Leah was recently appointed CEO and is Habitat Greater Sacramento’s first ever female CEO. With the growing housing crisis in our community, Leah’s innovative and collaborative leadership and passion and commitment to bringing people together to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter have made her a true leader in the field of nonprofits, Habitat for Humanity, and our community at large.
Name: Leah Miller
Title: CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento
Best Advice You Ever Received: “The only time to set the bar low is for limbo.”
Sacramento Woman You Most Admire? It’s hard to name just one woman when there are so many. I admire and am inspired by both the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of Social Service. These two orders of passionate Catholic nuns in so many ways have shaped the local community we know today. These courageous women have been pioneering community builders that advocated for the vulnerable, educated the youth, provided health care to the sick, and for more than 150 years been purveyors of hope and healing for so many in need. They are responsible for founding quite a few of the most impactful and well known institutions and organizations in our local community including Mercy Hospitals (now Dignity Health), Mercy Housing, Loaves and Fishes, Wellspring Women’s Center, WIND, Mercy Peddlers, numerous schools, retreat centers, and so much more.
Fave Local Cause? Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, of course! I love that every day I have the opportunity to work for an organization that brings together thousands of volunteers from diverse backgrounds to build and repair homes for low-income families in need of strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable housing. It is inspiring to see the impact the organization has on both the families we serve and the volunteers alike as together we build hope and homes.
What Do You Want to See in Sacramento in 5 Years? I would really like to see our community collaboratively arrive at comprehensive strategies and solutions that address the lack of affordable housing in our community as it relates to the full spectrum of people it effects – from the homeless, to the hard working minimum wage earning families, to the millennials starting their careers, to baby boomers who have lived in their homes for decades on fixed incomes and can’t afford deferred maintenance and are being gentrified and facing the possibility of displacement at an elderly and vulnerable age.