Getting to know: Cindy Miles

Cindy Miles

Executive director, Nonprofit Chamber of Service

Miles says her mission in her new job is clear.

“I was hired to kind of reinvigorate the organization,” she said. “I am launching new things.”

The chamber merged with the Wichita Independent Business Association after its last executive director left in 2013, but members decided to become independent again last year. Miles started work there this summer.

Miles moved here from Tulsa about 15 years ago. She ran Butler Community College’s television station, then worked in its marketing department and as director of community and campus relations.

While at Butler, she earned her bachelor’s degree in integrated marketing from Wichita State University and master’s degree in business administration from Newman University.

About three years ago, she started a marketing company called On a Shoestring, working with small nonprofits and businesses on fundraising, website development, strategic planning and more.

She moved to the chamber in June. The organization has about 150 members, mostly nonprofits but also a few government, education and business entities. Miles is one of two full-time employees.

In addition to arranging programming for monthly meetings and quarterly mixers, Miles is relaunching the chamber’s board development workshops and starting an executive director “survival series.”

“I know it’s important for boards to have some training,” she said. “They need to understand how to read financial statements, how they can help that board with fundraising.”

Miles knows that because she has served on the boards of several nonprofits herself.

“That’s my passion really,” she said, “just trying to make an impact in the community.”

Miles and her husband, Mark, have six grown children and are raising four grandchildren, ages 5 to 15.

Joe Stumpe