“The leadership and staff have a realistic, valid, and practical view of poverty. For instance, the leadership defines poverty and prosperity as the joint responsibility of societies and communities, as well as individuals. ”
— Mary Jane Collier, professor at the University of New Mexico

Circles USA Leadership Team

Jamie Haft, Executive Director

To achieve Circles USA’s ambitious goals for growth, Jamie Haft directs the strategic planning and operational functions of the organization and leads key programs. She began at Circles USA as deputy director, guiding high-impact strategies related to fundraising and launching our Poverty Reduction Labs. She came to Circles USA with more than ten years of professional experience building national coalitions for social justice, community organizing, and multimedia storytelling.

Scott Miller, Founder

Since the late 1970s, Scott has initiated numerous projects in North America to help families and communities more effectively address poverty. He has spent decades developing tools and best practices for helping low income people navigate their way out of poverty for good. Scott is the author of several books about poverty reduction.

Kamatara Johnson, Chief Learning Officer

Kamatara is responsible for supporting Circles USA communications, curriculum, coaching, and training for the national network. She holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership and has 25 years of experience teaching inner-city high school English. She is happy to continue her efforts in supporting families out of poverty through education and community building.

Gena Atcher, National Membership Coordinator

Gena began working for Circles USA in 2006. She manages general inquiries, materials distribution, contract negotiations, invoicing, and events. She can be reached at (505) 225-7991 and Gena@CirclesUSA.org

Courtney Cowan, Information Systems and Design Manager

Courtney manages Circles USA’s national data system and trains Circles chapters on how to use it. She also serves as a graphic designer for Circles USA and creates websites, logos, brochures, manuals, guides, and reports for its chapters.

Circles USA Board of Directors

Joan Kuriansky, Board Chair, and Former Executive Director of Wider Opportunities for Women (Washington, DC)

Jim Masters, Board Treasurer, and President of Center for Community Futures (Berkeley, CA)

Jennifer Pelling, Board Member, and Director of Tsuha Foundation (San Diego, CA)

Christy Vines, Board Member, and President & CEO of Ideos (Westlake Village, CA)

Circles USA Consulting and Training Team

Birga Alden, Program Director; Deborah Burns, Board President; Sarah Critchlow, Executive Director; and Mark Lautman, Founder–all from CELab, Economic Development (Albuquerque, NM)

Amy Brooks, Content Writer & Editor (Lexington, KY)

Jeannie Chaffin, Poverty Alleviation Systems Consultant (Washington, DC)

Lisa Doyle-Parsons, Coach for Circles USA Chapters (Parkersburg, WV)

Lynette Fields, Expansion Advisor, Director of Poverty Solutions Group (Orlando, FL)

Vince Gonzales, IT Director, Perinatal Associates of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)

Jenny Lipfert, Graphic Designer (Cornish, NH)

Sherri Nee, Curriculum Development (Portland, OR)

Jen Nibley, Expansion Advisor and Director of Arrive USA (Provo, UT)

Lise Porter, Mental Health Specialist (Glendale, CA)

Chris Tinney, Sales Ambassador (Las Vegas, NV)

John Wilson, Liaison to Community Action Network (Chalk Hill, PA)