Thaddeus Miles, recently named one of Boston’s Most Influential People of Color, is an author and internationally recognized and award-winning photographer. Thaddeus is currently The Director of Community Services at MassHousing, where he is responsible for three impact areas: Housing Stability, Knowledge, and Capacity Building, and Strengthen Families and Communities for several hundred Housing developments across the Commonwealth.
His approach is to create strategies that directly engage residents in addressing quality of life issues which he envisions leading to sustainable cities and confronts the complexities of social justice issues. Thaddeus is a veteran of the United States Air Force with a long track record, a strong commitment to empowering people and strengthening youth voice, and vision.
Thaddeus garnered insights and strategies from his international work at Harvard Law School and Community/Urban planning programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. These experiences reinforced his steadfast commitment to ensuring that the most underserved members of our cities have genuine opportunities for success and achievement.
Thaddeus has founded a myriad of local, national and international initiatives and serves on many nonprofit boards. To address community health and wellness. He designed HoodFit, a cross-collaborative movement to amplify the positive attributes in ones’ hood that has allowed them to grow strong, experience resilience and exercise strategic problem-solving. HoodFit started the first ever 5k run through the community of Roxbury, Massachusetts which now in partnership with the Boston Alethic Association and Dimock Center host over 1000 runners/walkers and a community health fair.
Thaddeus also founded “Think Big Dream Big,” a youth-driven initiative to jumpstart young people on the journey to a positive future, the fulfillment of their goals, and dreams. He co-founded two Technology Consortium which supported over 1500 community technology centers nationally and served 100,000 youth and 250,000 adults and seniors yearly. “He’s the co-founder of the Alray Scholarship Fund which provides second change college scholarship to Boston Public School students.
Thaddeus is currently the Co-chair of My Brother’s Keeper Boston…… Chair of Becoming a Man, Boston….
He was recently awarded the “Hero’s Among Us” by the Boston Celtics,” “Embracing the Legacy, by The Robert F. Kennedy Action Corp, The Directors Community Award by the Director of the FBI.