The first time I heard Nate Miles’ name was during former Mayor Norm Rice’s election in 1989. Miles was one of Rice’s campaign strategists. Many minority publishers wanted advertising. According to a Hispanic publisher, “Miles said he is not going to advertise in our [minority] publications. The campaign does not have enough money.”
When the publisher told him that Rice needed the support of minority publications, Miles responded with, “Use your conscience.”
“The guy’s tough and sharp!” I said to myself. No, Rice didn’t advertise in the Asian Weekly. We didn’t we ask. Yes, we endorsed Rice.
Little did I know, years later, that Miles, director of Lilly’s government relations, would be a strong supporter of the Asian Weekly and other minority organizations. His energy is tremendous and no one knows how he manages to be involved in so many things from education to politics, diverse communities to President Obama’s agenda. His connections range from church groups to Who’s Who in America.
Miles has become one of the most diplomatic folks I have ever known. He supports both Republicans and Democrats. To him, there is no enemy. Everyone is his friend, said a former employee.
Last Tuesday, Miles was honored with the Leadership Tomorrow’s Edward E. Carlson Outstanding Alumni Award for 2011 at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. Carolyn Kelly, former president of the Seattle Times and Jane Nishita, Centurylink’s community relations manager, presented Miles with the award. They raved about Miles, who was surrounded by strong women, including his wife and daughters. I couldn’t agree more. ♦