Mako Miller (She/Her)

Professional Career Escalators


Mako Miller is the Director of the Professional Career Escalators program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has worked in various roles in higher education including admissions, academic advising, and career development. A Wichita, KS., native, Mako attended Kansas State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications. She also worked for her alma mater as an admissions representative for three years before moving to Kansas City and working in admissions and academic advising for Metropolitan Community College-Longview. She then went on to work for Kauffman Scholars, a multi-year postsecondary access, persistence, and completion scholarship program designed to help urban students in Kansas City prepare for and earn a postsecondary credential.

Mako is a life-long learner and strives to understand more about her work in career development. This is evident in her past leadership roles with the Missouri Career Development Association, the National Career Development Association, and the Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers. Mako earned her master's degree in higher education administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed her doctorate in the same field at the University of Kansas. She currently lives in Olathe, KS., with her husband, Walter, and daughter, Rylie.