Jayne Miller


Jayne is the recently elected new Chair of World Urban Parks. Since February 2018 she has been the President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (PPC), a U.S nationally recognized parks conservancy. The PPC was founded in 1996 by a group of citizens concerned with the deteriorating conditions of Pittsburgh’s historic city parks.  Since 1998, the PPC has worked closely with the City of Pittsburgh under an official public-private partnership agreement to restore the city’s four regional parks.  To date, the PPC has raised over $105M for Pittsburgh parks and has completed 17 major improvement projects.  Currently active in 22 parks, the PPC has expanded into community and neighborhood parks throughout Pittsburgh.  The PPC is poised to raise its profile even further; working with the City for a parks referendum in 2018 and creating a unified governance structure with the PPC being responsible for management, operations and development of all Pittsburgh parks.  

From November 2010 through February 2018, Jayne served as the Superintendent of the nationally renowned and CAPRA accredited Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB).  Jayne was responsible for high-level oversight and leadership of the urban park system under the direction of a nine-member elected policy-making board.  The MPRB was recognized by the Trust for Public Land in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 as the #1 Park System in the United States. In 2016 and 2017, the MPRB was named a finalist for the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation as an agency that demonstrates excellence in long range planning, resource management and innovative approaches to delivering superb park and recreation services with fiscally sound business practices.   The MPRB is a diverse system of land and water spanning 6,804 acres of parkland and water featuring 179 parks with 22 lakes, 49 recreation centers, 112 playgrounds, 7 golf courses, 12 formal gardens, 200+ miles of biking and walking paths, 396 multipurpose sports fields, 65 wading pools, 5 outdoor performance stages, nature sanctuaries and the 55-mile Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway.  Together these properties annually serve approximately 22.7 million visitors.  As Superintendent, Jayne provided leadership to a staff of 558 full-time and 1200 part-time employees and oversaw an annual operating and capital budget of over $112 million.


Jayne serves on the board of the World Urban Parks, City Parks Alliance, Indiana University Executive Development Program, Meet Minneapolis, Sports Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Urban League and the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board; and previously served on the board of Rocky Mountain Revenue and Management School. Jayne also serves as a Founding Member of Editorial Board for the Journal of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism in Public Health.  


12 Questions with Jayne Miller of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy