Elin’s life and career are dedicated to agriculture. She is a farmer and understands the needs of land based economies.
PO Box 1, Umpqua, OR 97486
The Board of CNFA (Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture) elected Elin as its chair in October 2017. CNFA is an international agricultural development organization that has worked in 45 countries worldwide since 1985. She continues to serve on Fall Creek Farm and Nursery Board. She also chairs Oregon FFA Foundation and Oregon Wine Council Boards.
30 years of leadership in global and U.S. business and government focused on improving profits, efficiencies and reputations.
Extensive governance and strategy development serving on for profit and not-for-profit boards.
Elin approaches her clients' business challenges as she would her own. At Elin Miller Consulting, LLC we offer personal, hands-on involvement during our strategic counsel and implementation process, with each step tailored to meet your organization’s specific needs. Throughout, we work collaboratively with you and your team to ensure that any recommendations are made with your involvement to ensure overall business success.
Elin brings expertise in managing complex business situations in diverse settings towards sensible solutions. In addressing each problem encountered, her approach is based around inspiring those around her to be part of the fix. Elin has delivered improvements to company performance, government performance and dealt with complex merger transactions in various countries around the world. She enjoys tackling challenges that others view as insurmountable.
Elin fell in love with agriculture starting in high school, gaining her first real exposure as a state and then national Future Farmers of America (FFA) officer. Today, after a successful career in agribusiness, she has come full circle and owns UmpquaNut Farm where she farms hazelnuts with her husband, Bill. They also own Umpqua Vineyards, LLC. She has given back to agriculture throughout her career as the 2008 Chair-elect on the National FFA Sponsor's Board and chair of the National FFA Foundation. In September 2016, the National FFA Organization honored her with its VIP Citation.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown appointed Elin D. Miller of Roseburg and Josh Zielinski of Salem to serve on the Oregon State Board of Agriculture. Both appointments were effective October 29, 2020 and each will serve a four-year term.
Elin was elected in October 2017 as Chair of CNFA, Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture. In August, he was elected to the board of Fall Creek Farm and Nursery. In October of FFA gave her the VIP Citation.
"Elin was instrumental in providing us valuable insight into EPA concerns. Her advice lead to breakthrough dialogue and understandings with the Agency that were critical for our project. She was an asset to our team effort." Jeff Klieve, Director, Environmental Affairs at Monsanto Company
Elin D. Miller has led a life and career dedicated to agriculture and sees the needs of land-based economies. She has held many roles during the course of her careers such as senior agricultural and management executive, global vice president of public affairs for Dow Chemical, vice president of Asia Pacific for Dow AgroSciences and CEO of Arvesta, an agricultural spin-off of Chevron. She has more than 30 years of leadership experience in corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors. Currently, she serves as the principal of Elin Miller Consulting, LLC while also working as a hazelnut farmer at her home in Umpqua, OR. Elin is also owner of Umpqua Vinyards, LLC.
Elin was a Rhodes scholarship finalist, Outstanding Woman Graduate, and Student Body VP and received her bachelor's degree in agronomy and plant protection from the University of Arizona in 1982. She graduated from INSEAD's Advanced Management Program in France in 2000. Elin has attended Stanford University Rock Center for Board Governance and completed an 18-month course in Excellence in Board Governance in 2016.
Miller's earlier government service occurred in the '90s as Director of the California Department of Conservation (Senate Confirmed) and Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Pesticide Regulation, CalEPA. Miller's background also includes FFA National Vice President and Executive Director for the Western Agricultural Chemicals Association. While in California, she was honored to receive the Outstanding Regulator and Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture Awards. She has been honored with various state and national awards including the Lea S. Hitchner Award, the highest award given by CropLife America. Miller was also named one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in PR" by PR WEEK. In 2016, she received the VIP Citation, the highest award given by FFA.
In October 2017, Elin was elected Chair of the CNFA Board and continues to serve in this capacity. She was also elected to the Board of Fall Creek Farm and Nursery in 2017 and is now its Compensation Committee Chair. In 2021, Elin was the first woman elected Chair of the Oregon State FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) Foundation Board. She continues to serve as President of the Oregon Wine Council which represents over 60% of the Oregon wine grapes grown, produced, and sold. In 2020, she was elected to the Forest Bridges board and was appointed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to serve a four-year term on the Oregon Board of Agriculture. She also serves on Umpqua Bank’s Regional Board.
Previously, Elin served as Vice-Chair of the Vestaron Board, a crop protection corporation in Michigan, from 2009-2019. Elin was elected to the Marrone Bio Innovations Corporation Board, a maker of products used in organic farming in 2011, and served as its Chair starting in 2013. She chaired National FFA Foundation Board in 2015. Locally, she has chaired the Board of NeighborWorks® Umpqua 2014-2016. In May of 2011, she won her first race for public office, was elected to the Umpqua Community College Board of Education and served four years including Chair and Vice-Chair.
Most notably, she served as Regional Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, a Presidential Appointment, with jurisdiction over Alaska, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon leading over 600 employees, dealing with some of the most challenging water quality issues nationally, and co-chairing EPA’s Climate Change Policy Committee.
Her specialties include management of complex government and private-sector organizations, government affairs, board governance and leadership, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, union negotiations, issues management, fundraising, media relations, employee communications, strategic planning, branding, and non-profit management.
PO Box 1, Umpqua, OR 97468, US