Gene Miller

3/13/2013, 9:07 a.m.

Gene Miller

Boston-based nonprofit Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL) recently announced that it has promoted former Chief Operating Officer (COO) Gene Miller to executive director of the organization.

Miller brings to the role extensive senior management experience in various industries as well as board of director positions at a wide range of companies and organizations, including: Grove Bank, the Planning Office of Urban Affairs and the Greater Boston YMCA.

She plans to use her expertise to continue facilitating impressive growth at FUEL, which, since its founding by Bob Hildreth in 2009, has taken a groundbreaking approach to college access for low-income families. “I intend to build upon and implement our founder’s vision of using innovative ways to unlock the pathway to higher education for low-income populations.”

Miller has already proven herself in an executive role. As executive vice president at Sterling Bank, she developed a strategy that helped the bank emerge as an early industry leader at a time when many banks were failing.

A dedicated volunteer and resource in the community, she was one of eight outside directors on the board of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where she served for 10 years during a particularly challenging financial time for the hospital.