JOSEPH SHEPHERD MILLER
Founding Chairman, President & CEO
Joseph Shepherd Miller, Esq. is Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Founding Board Chair of The Washington Center for Technology Policy Inclusion (WashingTECH) -- the nation's first organization focused exclusively on diversity and inclusion in technology public policymaking. As a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational charity based in Reston, Virginia in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area, WashingTECH's mission is to defend America's democracy and diversity by fostering an inclusive narrative about technology's impact on society.
WashingTECH's programming includes:
Tech Policy Daily -- a daily e-newsletter focused exclusively on technology public policy where it merges with civil rights, inclusion, and social justice.
The WashingTECH Tech Policy Podcast -- the nation's first technology public policy podcast and first podcast to emphasize diversity and inclusion in technology public policy making.
Prior to founding WashingTECH, Joe served as Deputy Director and Senior Policy Director of the Media and Technology Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies--the world's preeminent think tank focused exclusively on the socioeconomic and political outcomes of African Americans. Previously, Joe served as a Fellow with the Multicultural Media, Telecom & Internet Council, where he advocated on Capitol Hill and before the Federal Communications Commission on behalf of underrepresented communities struggling to access critical technology.
Prior to his advocacy career, Joe spent over a decade working in broadcast advertising sales and programming at stations including New York's Hot 97 and WQXR-FM, New York's Classical Music Radio Station (now owned by
New York Public Radio but which from 1944-2009 was the radio station of
The New York Times).
Joe is currently a member of the Center for Democracy and Technology's
Advisory Committee, Google's Next Gen Policy Leaders cohort, and was recognized as a Media Trailblazer by the Consumer Electronics Show in 2019. He is also a recipient of the Rainbow Push Coalition's 2019 Media and Technology Inspiring Leaders Award.
Joe is admitted to practice law in New York, the District of Columbia, and is a member of the lawyers' bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a proud alumnus of the State University of New York, Plattsburgh, from which he graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Management & Production, Concentration in Music, and Minor in Business Administration, where he was an Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society inductee. He earned his Juris Doctor from New York Law School, which he attended at night, where he served as an editor of Media Law & Policy -- the law school's Media Law & Policy Journal.
Joe is also an alumnus of the renowned Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art & the Performing Arts at New York's Lincoln Center, on which the "Fame!" Broadway musical, film, and tv series are based. There, he majored in music, studying jazz performance and composition under Jazz Education Hall of Fame member Justin DiCioccio, within the first accredited secondary jazz program in the United States. Joe attended LaGuardia with Sarah Paulson, Adrien Brody, Omar Epps, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Marlon Wayans, and Adrien Grenier.
Born in Columbus, Ohio and raised on Manhattan's Upper West Side from age 2, Joe resides with his wife and 2 daughters in Northern Virginia, where he advocates locally on behalf of underrepresented students attending Fairfax County's public schools.