Founder & Senior Advisor

Todd Miller is the founder and former executive director of the North Carolina Coastal Federation, a nonprofit with over 16,000 supporters working for a healthier North Carolina coast.

A coastal North Carolina native from the community of Ocean in Carteret County, it was here in 1982 that Miller found his passion—working to keep the coast a great place to live, work, and play. Forming partnerships and rallying volunteers, Miller grew the organization over the next 42 years from a one-man (and a dog) venture in a back room of his house to three offices and more than three dozen staff covering the North Carolina coast.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from which he holds undergraduate and master’s degrees, Miller was selected as a distinguished alumnus by the university in 2013 and honored with a 2015 “Hero of the Seas” award by the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards. Along with numerous other awards and recognitions, Miller is a founding board member of Restore America’s Estuaries and currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the UNC Institute for the Environment. He has also actively served on the Leadership Committee for the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership for decades before stepping down as Executive Director of the Federation on January 31, 2024. He now provides strategic advice and program assistance to the organization.