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James Miles

Seattle University
Fresh Professor


James Miles is an Assistant Professor in Seattle University’s College of Arts & Sciences, having previously served as the Chief Executive Officer at MENTOR Washington, and the Executive Director of Arts Corps. Originally from Chicago, by way of New York City, Miles was inspired to foment change after seeing so many children that looked like him, get disregarded and treated like criminals by our educational systems. His acclaimed TedX Talk focuses on his mission to narrow achievement gaps using the arts as a tool to navigate inequitable educational systems. Miles is a Mayoral Appointee to the Seattle Arts Commission, a Trustee on the Board of the Frye Museum and MoPOP, and on the advisory board of SXSW EDU. Before becoming an educational and non profit leader, Miles was a well respected actor having appeared on television, in films, onstage, and in several hundred commercials. Notably, he was one of the original cast members in the play, In the Heights starring and written by Lin Manuel Miranda, part of the award winning cast of PBS’ The Electric Company, CW’s Are We There Yet?, and completely improvised a pivotal role in the Spike Lee produced film, Touched by Fire. A graduate of Morehouse College and Brandeis University, James Miles has presented his work at SXSW EDU, SXSW, NYU Shanghai, Harvard University, EdTechXEurope, Google, UAEM North America, UAEM Europe, National Guild, ITAC, and provided professional development to teachers and leaders across the world. His work has been featured by Complex Magazine, National Guild, Seattle Times, KOMO, KEXP, Pie News(Australia) NPR, CBS, NBC, US Department of Education, and ASCD. Learn more about James Miles and his work at www.freshprofessor.com