Work has begun to clean up mercury contamination at a small gold mine in Colombia. What a learning experience! Imagine launching a project and the Colombian government shuts down the mining organization’s bank account, the project receives incredibly generous donations of skills, time, and resources, AND, new emerging opportunities wait on the horizon.
Christina Tatiana Miller is a sustainable jewelry consultant providing strategy, guidance, and impact measurement to help jewelers make lives better.
Miller focuses her work on small and medium sized companies in the jewelry and fashion industries, educational programs and artists looking to be leaders in positive social and environmental action. She is also a professional speaker, workshop leader, community organizer, project manager, mentor, change maker and artist. She’s been working collaboratively with a volunteer team to develop a Glossary for the jewelry industry - The Glossary Project.
In 2004 she co-founded Ethical Metalsmiths (EM) and went on to lead the non-profit organization in various capacities for 11 years.
Notable activities during her tenure include:
Co-designing and launching Radical Jewelry Makeover
Organizing the first ever multi-jeweler Fairmined gold purchase in the US. Through a partnership between Ethical Metalsmiths and precious metals refiner, Hoover & Strong, Fairmined gold is now readily available to jewelers internationally. Convening the organization’s first Board of Directors
In July of 2015, Miller stepped down as executive director of EM and currently chairs the Advisory Council.
From 2006 – 2010 Christina was the Assistant Professor of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at Millersville University, where she won an award for her civic leadership due to her work with Ethical Metalsmiths. At Millersville she transformed the jewelry and metals curriculum to include responsible sourcing and entrepreneurship.
Through hands on experience and a penchant for research Christina has expert knowledge in curriculum development and teaching, creating and launching programs, and project management for non-profit organizations, institutions and corporations. She has been a guest lecturer at Jewelry Industry Summit, Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference, Initiatives in Arts and Culture - Gold Conference, Gemological Institute of America, Massachusetts College of Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, Millersville University, Pratt Institute, Queensland College of Art (Australia), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia), Bard College, Winthrop University, Santa Fe Community College and Miami University of Ohio.
On a personal note, Christina is a wife, a mother, an artist, a gardener and an active community member. She is committed to learning and applying research to lead strategic projects designed to improve environmental and social situations on the ground. She is naturally curious and thoughtful and takes time to understand problems and concepts before exploring creative solutions. Her training as an artist has made her resilient to challenges, driven by concept, highly adaptable and always striving to contribute to a thriving society and a healthy planet.