Josh Miller / @joshm
Just before my senior year, I left Princeton University to build Branch Media, which was backed by the founders of Twitter and Buzzfeed. Our company designed experimental social products, such as Branch and Potluck, that aimed to foster more thoughtful conversations on the internet. Branch's software was embedded within New York Times articles, used retired Army Generals, and even broke big news about Apple's iPhone design.
In January 2014, Facebook bought Branch. While at Facebook, I worked on the development of new consumer-facing products and features. In August 2015, I left Facebook to accept a role in President Obama's Administration.
Starting in September 2015, I served as the White House's first Director of Product. Of the projects that I created and led, my favorite work included:
- An affordable diaper program for low-income families - it cut prices by over fifty percent for the neediest parents (using a strategy that was economically sustainable for participating businesses). Millions of diapers were shipped to low-income families in the first six months alone, and some non-profits were able to double the number of diapers they could provide with the same amount of funding.
- The first-ever government bot on Facebook, which President Obama has personally responded to messages from. By allowing citizens to message the President on Facebook in the same way that they message their friends, we set new volume records for inbound citizen correspondence.
- A civic engagement initiative that mobilized tens of thousands of Americans to donate (millions) to refugee relief efforts in the Middle East. Working with Kickstarter, Instacart and others, the aim was to make civic engagement as easy as your pushing a single button on your phone. The New York Times dubbed it, "a 21st-century twist on humanitarian assistance" and "a cunning way to work around the do-nothing corridors of official Washington."
As a political appointee, I left the White House in January 2017.
Originally from Santa Monica, CA, I have lived in New York, London, and Washington D.C. I am twenty-six years old and a proud donor to KCRW, Doctors Without Borders, Coalition for Queens, and Mr. Fulcher's African-American literature class at Santa Monica High School (my alma mater).
For a recent photo of me, this headshot was taken in November 2016.
To get in touch, please feel free to reach out on Twitter or shoot me an email.