Cadence Miller

Program Officer, Laird Norton Family Foundation

Cadence Miller is lucky to be a third generation Seattleite, with a deep appreciation for the forests and waters of the pacific northwest. Her professional experience has focused on fostering connections to community, place, health, and belonging with roles in national and local non-profits focused on health, social services, and youth. Cadence’s current role with Laird Norton Family Foundation as Program Officer allows her the opportunity to work with a large, multi-generational, family also dedicated to community and place. Cadence supports the work of two of the Foundation’s priority giving areas: an Arts in Education portfolio focused on support for Arts Integration strategies and training for public school teachers specifically to reduce the educational opportunity gap, and a Human Services portfolio focused on support for youth and young adults at-risk-of or currently experiencing homelessness and those involved in Systems of Care. In addition, Cadence supports the Foundation’s youth philanthropy program, Sapling Fund, guiding Laird Norton family members aged 14-20 in learning about philanthropy best practices and Laird Norton values while leading members through an annual grantmaking cycle.

Outside of work, Cadence is an active volunteer in her community with the local food bank and her son’s school, as well as a longtime volunteer CASA (court appointed special advocate) and Board Member. She also likes to garden, practice yoga, make very involved Halloween costumes, and is currently learning to sail.


Engaging the Next Generation

Posted on December 8, 2020 by Cadence Miller, Allison Hale, Sharmila Rao Thakkar

young child and grandmother knitting - engaging the next generation
The promise of family philanthropy is fulfilled by its members—often across multiple generations, which can pose a challenge. Multigenerational families use a variety of techniques to engage the next generation in philanthropy. Successful participation depends on a number of considerations, including how to promote learning, empower next generation family members, and offer leadership positions. In this webinar, learn how to… Read More