Robert K. Miller joined the SBCC District Board of Trustees in March 2018 and was appointed to the SBCC Foundation Board of Directors in December 2022.
In 2015 Robert retired from a national litigation law firm. He was one of 13 lawyers in Minneapolis and Phoenix who founded the firm in 1985. Robert transferred to the firm’s Los Angeles office in 1998. Since retirement Robert has worked as a legal mediator. He volunteers his services for the Santa Barbara Superior Court.
Robert was born in a small Iowa farm town. He received his B.S. degree from Iowa State University and J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota. Prior to law school, he served in the Peace Corps in Morocco, worked as a congressional assistant, managed a U.S. Senate Campaign in Iowa, served as the chief political aid for a U.S. Senator and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Refugee Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
Robert and his wife Anne moved from Long Beach to Goleta in 2014. Their son Cole received his B.A. degree from CSULB and recently completed UCLA’s paralegal program. He now works as a paralegal at Robert’s former law firm. Anne grew up in Silver Springs, Maryland. She designs and makes jewelry, which she sells online with Etsy and at local art fairs and events.
In Goleta Robert has been actively involved in numerous community activities. He served on the Goleta Planning Commission from 2017 to 2020.
Robert was appointed to the SBCC Board of Trustees in March 2018 to fill a vacancy. In November 2018 he was elected to serve the final two years of his predecessor’s term. He was re-elected to a full four-year term in November 2020. He served as President of the Board from December 2018 to December 2020.
Robert is a former marathon runner. He now stays healthy riding his road bike and walking on the beach and local trails in western Goleta. He regularly logs over 2,000 miles a year on his bike.