Miles Burnett is a founding member and managing director of the Oyate Group’s Bronx Rising Initiative. An active community organizer, he specializes in creating coalitions and merchant associations, fighting inequitable rezonings, consulting on small business legislation and issues, and designing diverse inclusive public programming.
Miles also serves as the executive director of the Southern Boulevard Business Improvement District. He is a member of Bronx Community Board 2, the Bronx Borough President's LGBTQ Task Force, the Director’s Committee for Bronx 1 Pride, and the Stonewall CDC Emerging Leaders Council, which works to create affordable housing for LGBTQ seniors across NYC.
Miles has taught third-grade arts education in New York City public schools, managed multiple candidates for public office at the city, state, and federal levels, and worked for the Working Families Party as a program director, organizing field operations for candidates and issue campaigns including renewable energy, the fight for a $15 state minimum wage and state election law reforms. He previously worked for New York City Council Member Andrew Cohen as director of Communications & Outreach, as a liaison to the Bronx Delegation, and as a community representative to multiple community organizations. Additionally, he worked to create the Bruckner Business Lab in Mott Haven to create flexible office and meeting spaces for small business owners, residents, and community-based organizations while working for the Third Avenue Business Improvement District.
Miles is from Binghamton, New York and lives and works in the South Bronx. He currently studies government at Harvard University.