In 2013, Tiffany Miller joined the Community Appeals Committee, which researches applicants for capital fund drives, interviews the candidates and makes the final selections. She served as committee chair in 2020 and 2021, extending the typical single year of leadership to two because the pandemic suspended the usual campaign.
Miller, an attorney at Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, also was a member of the committee that helped launch the Young Professionals Network (YPN) in 2008. It informs and educates the younger workforce and offers opportunities for interaction and involvement.
“I think it started off just with wanting to learn more about the Sioux Falls community,” Miller said. “I was new to Sioux Falls. I had moved here in 2007. I was wanting to know what the city was doing to recruit people like me, in leadership and young professionals.”
Miller focuses on banking law in her professional life. Volunteering with the Chamber allows her to meet people from other walks of life and with other interests. She advises people interesting in volunteering with the Chamber to select something in which they already have an interest.
“You can start out small,” she said. “Being someone that can be relied on, a regular attender, that opens doors for you.”
Sioux Falls is a special place, Miller said, a city that offers opportunities to everyone from children and teenagers to seniors. Everyone she meets through the Chamber shares her passion for making life better for other residents, she said. As a member of the Capital Appeals Committee, she learns about the proposals that seek Chamber support in raising funds to make dreams a reality.
“We help our nonprofit community by giving them more visibility,” Miller said.
An example is the Veterans Community Project, or the Tiny Houses Village, being built for military veterans. Miller serves as the Chamber liaison for that project. Another is a skate park that will open this summer.
“A lot of people didn’t know about that,” Miller said. “We really were able to give them a platform to talk to the business community, what they were doing, and how that would improve that corner on 10th Street. It’s inspiring to see the things people want to do in Sioux Falls and what can happen and the generosity of this community.”