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 Youth Peer Network: Teen Philanthropy—Models and Strategies for Ages 13-18

Posted on May 10, 2023 by Caryn Conway, Cadence Miller, Neil Gobioff

Young People Learning About Philanthropy
What are models to teach teens (grades 9-12) the foundations of philanthropy and lead them through the grantmaking process? Learn more about the Foundation for MetroWest’s Youth in Philanthropy program and how they engage high school youth in the surrounding communities in an experiential leadership and teen philanthropy program. Caryn Conway – an instructor for the Youth in Philanthropy program… Read More

Engaging Youth Peer Network: Getting Started

Posted on January 9, 2023 by Cadence Miller, Neil Gobioff

A group of young people ready to engage in family philanthropy
If you’re just getting started on engaging youth (ages 8-21) in your philanthropy, this event is for you.  We will spend time discussing how to get started engaging youth across ages, family sizes, geography and more. Join us to consider questions like: Should our youth engagement start slowly with service projects or values-based activities? Should my family create a formal… Read More

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