Miry Whitehill is a social entrepreneur, community activist and speaker. Her work over the past decade focuses on immigration, community activism and social media and digital marketing.
Miry is best known as the founder of Miry’s List, the first nonprofit organization to utilize crowdsourcing and social media to address the needs of families resettling in America as refugees. Since its founding in 2016, Miry’s List has served over 320 families from countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran by connecting them with their new America neighbors.
Currently, Miry serves as Executive Director at Miry’s List, overseeing development, programming, communications, partnerships, and staffing. Miry designed the three pillars of the program, Survive, Hive and Thrive, ensuring that family’s experiences are aligned with their needs, preferences, and where they are in their resettlement experience. In 2018, over 1,300 individual gifts have been sent through the Miry’s List platform, going from stranger to stranger, directly to the door of new arrival families’ homes. The customization and scale offered to resettling families and their neighbors who want to help them has never been accomplished before.
Earlier in her career, Miry spent 7 years helping brands promote themselves, grow their audience, and sell products using the internet and social media. She worked with Fortune 500 companies, specializing in YouTube video seeding, a form of online marketing focusing on driving video videos through social media and influencer outreach.
Driven to contribute to her community as a volunteer, in 2015 Miry ran and won a seat on her local neighborhood council. As Treasurer of the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, Miry learned how to get stuff done in a city, how to connect neighbors around issues concerning us, how city government and funding works, and how to conduct board meetings. It was during her second term in the council that a fellow board member introduced her to a family who just moved to Los Angeles as refugees from Syria, which led to the beginning of Miry’s List.