Carolyn Miles is President and Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children, an organization that gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. The global Save the Children movement currently serves over 143 million children in more than 120 countries including the US.
Carolyn joined the Westport, Connecticut-based Save the Children as Associate Vice President in 1998. She quickly climbed the organization’s ranks, becoming Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2004. During her time as COO, she grew the budget and Save the Children was able to double the number of children it reaches. In 2011, Carolyn became the organization’s first female President and CEO, making hunger, learning outcomes and ending preventable child deaths her signature issues.She has traveled to field operations in more than 70 countries and has spearheaded efforts to engage more people with the organization’s mission through social media. Prior to Save the Children, she worked in the private sector in Hong Kong for American Express and as an entrepreneur. While in Asia, she was confronted by the massive deprivation of the region’s children and realized how many children were living in poverty. Profoundly affected by the experience, she began doing volunteer work in Asia, and decided she would transition to the non-profit sector upon returning to the US.
Born in Canton, Connecticut in 1962, Carolyn Speer Miles grew up in Pittsburgh. She received her BS from Bucknell University in 1983, and her MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Miles has served on numerous boards, including Blackbaud, InterAction, USGLC, MFAN, Academy of Education, Arts and Sciences, and her alma mater, UV’s Darden School of Business. In 2015, Miles was named one of the 50 World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune magazine.