Director of Community Services, MassHousing
Founder, HoodFit & Think Big. Dream Big.
Mr. Thaddeus Miles is currently The Director of Community Services at MassHousing where he is responsible for three impact areas: Housing Stability, Knowledge and Capacity, Building and Strengthening Families and Communities, for over 500 Housing developments across the commonwealth. During his first twenty years at MassHousing, Miles held the title of Director of Public Safety and designed and implemented crime prevention strategies affecting several thousand housing units throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Mr. Miles emphasizes 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.
Mr. Miles credits 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.
Mr. Miles has been involved with many non-profit organizations, both as a creator and in leadership roles, establishing and reinforcing his commitment to empowering people and strengthening youth voices and vision. In recent years, Thaddeus 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. Additionally, Thaddeus founded HoodFit, a cross-collaborative movement to amplify the positive attributes in community health and wellness. HoodFit started the first ever 5k run through the community of Roxbury, Massachusetts which now, in partnership with the Boston Athletic Association and Dimock Center, hosts over 1000 runners/walkers and a community health fair.
Early in his career, Miles co-founded MassIMPACT Technology Consortium and the Alray Scholarship Fund which provides a second chance scholarship to Boston Public School students. He also founded the VIP Collaborative—the first in the City of Boston—consisting of 15 community organizations committed to addressing violence and trauma in the community.
Miles is a Veteran of the United States Air Force. In 2017 The Obama Foundation invited Thaddeus Miles to join hundreds of global leaders for their inaugural summit focusing on creative solutions to common problems. Mr. Miles is also an animator and internationally recognized and award-winning photographer, a devoted father, recent grandfather, and relished friend.
Boards, Memberships, and Acknowledgements:
The Robert F. Kennedy Action Corp – Embracing the Legacy Award
Federal Bureau of Investigations – The Directors Community Award
The Tenant’s Development Corporation -The Visionary Award
My Brothers Keeper Boston, Co-Chair
Becoming a Man, Boston, Chair