Lew Miller's Yale activities included programming jazz and classical music at WYBC and teaching at the U.S. Grant Foundation and Yale Summer High School. After majoring in Operations Research, Mathematics and Statistics, he received an MS in Engineering (Economic Systems) from Stanford, and spent the first part of his career in finance and banking in New York City and Puerto Rico working for Citibank, AT&T, Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb, Drexel Burnham Lambert, Sanford C. Bernstein & Company, and Republic National Bank of New York. He later moved to California when his wife joined the Pomona College economics faculty.
Miller has continued activities in finance through risk consulting for banks, as well as for a federal regulator and a California state planning agency. He also served on the City of Claremont Council following a controversial police shooting. He continues to act as a financial advisor at CMF Global, Inc., an export company founded and run by a Yale roommate.
Most of Miller's finance career has involved businesses dealing with severe risks, which has shaped his worldview. As a first-generation college graduate, he would like to enhance the role of the Alumni Association in helping Yale students who are unaided by their family history to navigate the transition to postgraduate study and professional life.