KQED announces the promotion of Maria Miller to the position of Chief Administrative Officer. Miller will be responsible for ensuring the efficient and effective performance of KQED by strategizing, developing, planning, and implementing effective operational and administrative functions. Since June 2016 Miller has served as Vice President, Human Resources & Chief Labor/Employment Councel at the station. In her new role, Miller’s portfolio expands from human resources and labor relations to include the key operational areas of television and radio broadcast services, television engineering and operations, informational technology, systems engineering and facilities.
Miller will focus her teams on prioritizing both intradepartmental and interdepartmental operations. The goal is to continue to facilitate a high-performing and customer-service focused culture across the station’s core operations. One of Miller’s top priorities will be to ensure that KQED’s TV and radio broadcast, production and IT teams have the support and resources to maintain the seamless continuity of operations and service through the renovation of the station’s headquarters in San Francisco’s Mission District and temporary move to downtown San Francisco.
In her short tenure at KQED, Miller has already led an impressive string of institution-wide initiatives, including successful contract negotiations with NABET and SAG-AFTRA; implementation of a new payroll and human resources management platform; expanding formal and informal professional development programs and workshops for staff; launching a new diversity and inclusivity initiative; improving health benefits packages for staff; and upgraded performance management protocols and tools.
“The breadth of Maria’s work at KQED has provided her with an unparalleled understanding of operations and staff,” says President Elect & Chief Operating Office Michael Isip. “Her proven ability to lead and engage staff, as well as successfully execute organizational priorities and complex projects will be one of critical value to us during this period of exciting change.”
Prior to joining KQED, Miler worked for Bayer Healthcare in Berkeley, CA as their Deputy Director of Labor Relations. Before Bayer, she worked for ABM Industries as the Vice President of Human Resources over several large business units, and previously as Deputy General Counsel, Labor/Employment Law. Miller has a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law and B.S. in Political Science from Santa Clara University. She is an active member of the California State Bar Association and has her SPHR certification (Senior Professional in Human Resources).