Meet Our Scholars
Katie Miller spent the first half of her undergraduate education at the United States Military Academy, where she ranked in top one percent of her class. However, Miller could not square her honor as an aspiring Army Officer with the daily half-truths required from her under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy. In 2010, she publicly announced resignation from the academy on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and was honorably discharged from the military. Miller became a voice for the repeal of DADT among prominent media outlets. She is best known for escorting Lady Gaga down the white carpet at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards as part of a demonstration for DADT repeal. Miller also advocated for equality as a member of the founding board of OutServe, a nonprofit organization representing LGBTQ servicemembers, known today as the Modern Military Association of America. Point supported Miller in earning her B.A. in political science at Yale University. She later earned a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. Miller is also a Truman scholar and a Harvard Center for Public Leadership fellow. Katie lives with her wife in the Los Angeles area, where she continues her public service career as a national security professional.