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Rachel Snyder Miller, MPA


Rachel Snyder Miller joins the Milepost team from the education and nonprofit sectors. She was a teacher for nearly a decade, teaching preschool as well as middle and high school English. She brings a passion for good writing and advocacy to work each day.

She went back to school while teaching and recently graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Masters’ in Public Administration. She moved into the nonprofit sector and then began working as a grant writer for organizations all over the country, but her MPA work sparked her lifelong love of the government sector.

She calls Knoxville, TN home and loves hiking in the Smoky Mountains with her daughter and husband. A self-professed local government nerd, she is a huge fan of Leslie Knope and thinks Galentine’s Day should be a national holiday: waffles for all.

Core competencies

  • Technical writing
  • State and federal grant development, writing, and management
  • Quant and qual research
  • Strategic planning
  • Engagement strategy
  • Stakeholder engagement activities
  • Messaging strategy
  • Storytelling


The Enneagram
The thesaurus
Reading - I devoured 90 books last year
Spin classes


Summer temps - unless I’m on a beach
Artificial banana flavoring
The fact that baseball is considered a sport
Bradford pear trees

Little-known fact

As avid Harry Potter fans, my husband and I have an annual tradition of rewatching all the movies every fall...and I reread the books every few years. I am, in fact, a Slytherin: cunning and ambitious, determined and bold.