Michael Miller Inducted onto Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Michael Miller was inducted onto the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion at its meeting in Cincinnati on October 28, 2013.

Miller is a founding Member and Principal of various real estate companies.  He is the Manager of Yonezawa Miller Company, LLC, a national real estate investor focusing on triple net office properties. He is the also the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cordary, Inc., a family-owned real estate investment company specializing in the development, repositioning, and management of commercial and multi-family residential properties since 1976. Cordary has owned and operated over 2.500 residential units and its current portfolio operates under the brand name “California Villages,” with locations in Pico Rivera, West Covina, and Valley Village (Los Angeles) totaling 471 units.

“Michael Miller’s commitment to the College-Institute helps ensure our leadership development mission,” stated Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President.  “We look forward to his advice and expertise, as we help assure the Jewish future.”

Prior to assuming the responsibility for Cordary, Miller practiced corporate and real estate law with the law firm of Munger, Tolles, Rickerhauser and Hills, and then co-founded the Santa Monica law firm of Stern & Miller.  At Stern & Milller, he was active in community affairs and was appointed by the city of Santa Monica to form and represent the non-profit corporations responsible for the redevelopment of the Santa Monica Third Street Promenade and the Santa Monica Pier.  In 1987, he was appointed by then Lt. Governor Leo McCarthy to serve as a member of the Lt. Governor’s Housing Task Force.

Miller is a graduate of Stanford School of Law (1975) and received the B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz (1972).  At Stanford University, he was awarded the Lawrence S. Fletcher Memorial Award, elected Stanford Associate, served on the Law School’s Dean’s Advisory Council, Board of Visitors, and chaired the Class of 1975 Reunion Council.  He is a member of the Vice Chairman’s Council of the Republican Jewish Coalition, and a member of the Board of Advisors of St. John’s Hospital, Santa Monica.

Previously, he served on the Community Relations Committee of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation and was President of the Western Region Community Relations Council. He participated on the Mission to the Soviet Union to Meet Jewish Refuseniks with California Lt. Governor Leo McCarthy and Jackie McCarthy. He was the President of the Jewish Federation Western Region of Los Angeles and Western Region Jewish Federation Campaign Chair. He also served on the Greater Los Angeles Jewish Federation Board of Directors.

A co-trustee of the Michael D. and Miriam Miller Family Foundation, which supports the College-Institute, Stanford Law School and its Miller Fund for Public Service, St. John’s Health Center Foundation in Santa Monica, Claremont Institute, and the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu