Mike Miller is the VP of External Affairs and Workforce Integration. He plays a vital role in advocating for the mission of Space Florida both in Tallahassee and Washington, DC. Mike is also tasked with guiding the organization to access and enhance the skilled labor force in Florida through partnerships with the Department of Education and companies seeking to relocate to Florida or expand their current operations in the state.
Mr. Miller has a long career in public service, spanning nearly 30 years. After graduating the University of Florida, Mike began working on Capitol Hill for US Senator Connie Mack III. During his years on Capitol Hill he also worked for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and the House Agriculture Committee.
Relocating to Florida in 1998, Mike worked for several members of both the US House and Senate from Florida, including, Bill McCollum, Ric Keller, Connie Mack IV, Tom Rooney and Katherine Harris as well as U.S. Senators Mel Martinez and Marco Rubio.
After the 2010 election of Senator Marco Rubio to the US Senate, Mike stepped away from politics and worked at Rollins College in Winter Park as a Development Officer within the Athletic Dept.
In 2014, Mike ran and won a seat in the Florida Legislature as a Representative of the 47th District (Orange County). He served on Ways & Means, Commerce, Judicial Appropriations Committees among others. In 2018 Mike ran for US Congress but was unsuccessful. He subsequently went to work as the Chief of External Affairs for the Florida Virtual School until his appointment to Space Florida.
He currently serves on the boards for Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, the Alzheimer’s Association, AMI Kids Orlando (an afterschool programs for at-risk kids), and the Florida Network (a statewide association representing 29 agencies that serve homeless, runaways, and troubled youth ages and their families). Mr. Miller has a bachelor’s degree in American History from the University of Florida, and an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.