Jo Christine Miles works with several of Philanthropy New York’s issue-based groups to articulate policy issues, advance public policies that support effective philanthropy and a productive non-profit sector, and promote collaboration and knowledge-sharing among funders to improve the lives of New Yorkers and communities throughout the world.
She has had an extensive career practicing law at a private, international law firm in New York City. Although she specialized in corporate restructuring law, she dedicated substantial time working on pro bono matters, including representing low-income women in family court proceedings, drafting white papers on education policy, and submitting an amicus brief on behalf of the American Bar Association in support of a student’s right to pursue both Title IX and constitutional claims for gender discrimination in a public elementary school. She has served on the board of GMHC, volunteered to engage young children in arts and early literacy, and mentored New York City high school students through the non-profit Legal Outreach. Prior to joining Philanthropy New York she served as the acting associate general counsel for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Jo Christine is passionate about community development with a particular focus on the development and use of partnerships across the philanthropic, private, and public sectors to connect people to resources, build consensus, promote collective action, and ensure inclusive growth.
Jo Christine recently obtained a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a focus on economic and political development.