Miles is a nonprofit professional who has spent his career as an equity advocate for Oregonians across the state. He was elected to the THPRD board of directors in 2023.
Miles works as the Executive Director for the Oregon Association of Student Councils. This nonprofit organization works for middle and high school aged student leaders statewide, as well as their adult leaders in schools. He advocates on their behalf at the state level, hosts leadership development programs across the state, serves as an intermediary for other programs, opportunities, and curriculums for school leaders, and more.
He had previously worked for the state in roles within the Office of the Governor, as the legislative director for State Senator Wlnsvey Campos, and as a staffer for State Senator Janeen Sollman (then State Representative). His work was based in equity development, specifically in the areas of climate and environment, health, and education.
Miles holds a bachelor degree in sociology and political science from the Clarks Honors College at the University of Oregon. He is originally from McMinnville, OR where he grew up in a multi-racial and multi-cultural family. His childhood home was always alive with celebration, whether it was his father's Mexican background, mother's Hawaiian culture, or his sister's African identity – finding joy in community was important to the Palacios family. That sentiment impacted his family's involvement in their community of McMinnville and how Miles engages in his community of Washington County.