Deputy Secretary Will Miller
Will Miller serves as Deputy Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Will, an executive with extensive experience in the business, non-profit and government sectors was named to the post by Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland, effective April 3, 2017.
From 1993 to 2005, Will helped build Beacon Partners into one of the largest commercial real estate developers in the region. During his time as a partner at Beacon, the company developed over $150 million of industrial and office properties. Most of the space Beacon developed was speculative, being leased by new and expanding companies in the Charlotte market. Will worked extensively with economic development officials and real estate consultants to help these companies acquire suitable space to conduct their businesses.
In 2005, Will founded Social Venture Partners (SVP), the Southeast’s first venture philanthropy initiative. Based on a model developed on the West Coast, venture philanthropy seeks to bring professional, human capital to the non-profit sector. These individuals collectively invest in promising ideas to provide human services in a more effective and efficient manner. To date, SVP has invested more than $1.5 million in over a dozen non-profits in Mecklenburg County and attracted over 150 partners who donate their time, talent and treasure to the betterment of the community.
In 2010, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx hired Miller to lead the community effort to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Will worked with local and state community leaders, marketing professionals and political consultants to advance North Carolina’s recruitment effort and secure the bid. The 2012 Democratic Convention had the largest economic impact of any single event ever held in North Carolina.
Will has served on over two dozen boards and commissions including the Charlotte Housing Authority, the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of Realtors and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. In 2011, Will received the Cornerstone Award from the Commercial Board that is awarded annually to the individual in the community whose efforts significantly improved the economy of the region in that year.
A native of Winston-Salem, Will graduated from Davidson College in 1978.