Adam Miller, Founder & CEO of Better Angels
Chief Executive Officer

Adam Miller

Adam Miller is a social entrepreneur and philanthropist. His first company, Cornerstone OnDemand, became the largest educational technology company in the world. Cornerstone started in Adam’s one-bedroom apartment and grew to over 3,000 employees in 25 countries helping to empower over 75 million people around the world. Cornerstone has delivered over one billion courses to learners in 192 countries, achieving its original mission to improve access to education on a global basis. In 2021, Cornerstone was taken private in a $5.23B transaction.

Adam’s philanthropic work extends across the local, national and global levels.

As Chairman of Team Rubicon from 2013-2020, Adam helped Jake, Art and the team grow from a small local nonprofit with 3 employees and under 500 volunteers to a leading global humanitarian aid organization with over 150,000 volunteers, 80% of whom are vets. Team Rubicon is now America’s leading veterans service organization and leverages the skills of military veterans to provide humanitarian aid domestically and internationally to tens of thousands of people in need.

To support the food allergic community, Adam led the merger of FAAN and FAI to create FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), the world’s largest voluntary health organization serving the food allergic community. He has served as a director of FARE since the merger. During that time, FARE built a network of clinical sites to accelerate food allergy research and advanced federal legislation supporting the food allergy community. In addition, Adam seeded Aimmune and served as its first independent board member, a company which went public and developed the first FDA-approved treatment for food allergies before being sold to Nestle Health Sciences. Adam also helped build the UCLA Food Allergy Program and launched AllerFund, the first venture fund focused on food allergy companies.

As Chairman of the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation, he helped deliver over $125M of social impact, including the launch of WorkforceReady, which prepares people for internships and entry into the professional workforce, and DisasterReady, which has trained over 250,000 humanitarian aid workers around the world.

In Los Angeles, Adam played a leading role in harnessing the power of the tech sector to give back to the city with the founding of LA-Tech.org and the launch of the 1,000 Interns Initiative, which is providing internships for a thousand students of color at LA’s leading tech companies.

On the business front, Adam helped to found four tech startups—Instil, Groundswell, Profi and Clovers—each of which is looking to make the world a better place in their own way. Instil is revolutionizing the nonprofit sector, while Groundswell is democratizing philanthropy and corporate giving. Profi is helping professional service providers to be more impactful with their clients, and Clovers is making the workplace more inclusive by making corporate interviews more intelligent. In addition, through 1P Ventures, Adam has invested in and advised dozens of tech companies, including many that already have had successful exits.

As the Co-Founder and Chairman of 1P.org, Adam is taking on some of the most intractable problems facing our one planet, including homelessness, workforce development, gun violence and climate change.1P.org helped create 97Percent, a bi-partisan organization focused on common sense solutions to increasing gun safety.

In response to the rising homelessness epidemic in Los Angeles, and the lack of an effective response to the crisis by the government, Adam is now focusing his efforts and resources on the launch of Better Angels, a community-based social enterprise focused on bold, practical solutions to addressing LA’s homeless crisis. 1P.org has already been working with LA county and city officials, as well as LA-based nonprofits, on the issue and launched the STEP Fund, which leverages microfinance techniques to prevent homelessness. The STEP Fund will anchor the Prevention pillar for Better Angels.

Adam lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.

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Better Angels is not simply another homelessness organization. It is not just a nonprofit. Or even a social enterprise. It is a movement.
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About Better Angels United

Better Angels is taking a bold, holistic approach to tackling the homelessness epidemic in Los Angeles. We are harnessing new models of intervention, community engagement, advocacy, world-class technology, and a strong dose of pragmatism across five critical areas of need: Prevention, Services, Shelter, Housing and Technology.

Because homelessness in LA is a multidimensional problem, it requires a holistic response. You have to provide people with the services they need. You have to find shelter for the largest unsheltered population in the nation. You have to create more affordable housing for those without permanent homes in one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world. And even if you do all of that, you have to prevent so many new people from becoming unhoused in the first place.

Better Angels was established by Adam and Staci Miller. Adam is a social entrepreneur who founded and built Cornerstone into a multi-billion dollar cloud computing company, chaired Team Rubicon as it became the world’s leading veterans services nonprofit with over 150,000 volunteers delivering humanitarian aid globally, and scaled several other nonprofits locally and nationally.

We are harnessing innovation, pragmatic solutions, and the will of Angelenos to make a tangible impact on an issue that for too long has felt insurmountable. We, the people of Los Angeles, have the power to fix this.

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