Nelly Miles has worked for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) for 23 years. She is the GBI’s Public & Governmental Affairs Director.
Mrs. Miles serves as the GBI legislative liaison to Georgia’s legislature and the Governor’s Office. She earned her Chemistry degree from Emory University in 1999. That same year, she began working as a GBI Forensic Chemist.
After 16 years, Mrs. Miles made a leap from the sciences to communications and policy in 2015, appointed as GBI’s Public Affairs Deputy Director. One year later, she was appointed as Public Affairs Director. In July 2021 and under Mrs. Miles’ leadership, GBI’s Public & Governmental Affairs Office was awarded the Dr. Curtis McClung / Motorola Award for Excellence by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. In June 2022, Mrs. Miles was recognized with the Women of Collaboration Award by the National WE Ministry.
Mrs. Miles is the Southeast Regional Vice Chair for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) PIO Section, the Public Relations Committee Chair and State Liaison for the Georgia Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and Board Member on Emory University’s Board of Visitors. She is a current member of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, Peace Officers Association of Georgia, National Information Officer’s Association, Atlanta Metropol, the Georgia Association of Women in Public Safety, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
She has held previous memberships with the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD), Southern Association of Forensic Scientists (SAFS), and American Chemical Society (ACS). Under her auspice, IACP awarded GBI’s drug unit with the August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award in 2009.