Richard Miles is the co-founder of the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention in Gainesville, Florida. He is also a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. Previously, he served for 20 years as a Foreign Service officer at the U.S. Department of State and as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Army.
His diplomatic assignments have included embassies in Argentina, Barbados, Germany, and a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Iraq. From 2007-2008 he directed Mexican and Canadian issues on the National Security Council staff at the White House. As an Army officer in the final years of the Cold War, he was assigned to the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany, and later took part in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq.
In 2010, he co-founded the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention in Gainesville, Florida, which teaches STEM and critical thinking skills through inventions.
Mr. Miles holds a B.A. in Russian studies from the University of Washington and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. A second-generation Mexican-American, he is fluent in Spanish and also speaks German. He is married to Phoebe Cade Miles and they have three adult children and one granddaughter.