Geoffrey Millard was born in Buffalo NY. At the age of 17 Geoffrey Millard enlisted in the New York Army National Guard before even graduating from high school which he did in 1998. Geoff went to Niagara County Community College where he earned an AAS in business administration. Geoff taught American Pluralism at SUNY Buffalo and earned a BA in American Studies in May of 2009. Many at UB taught American Pluralism but Geoff explored the issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and the policy that affects them by examining first person narratives from the Iraq war.
With the attacks on the World Trade Center of September 11, 2001 Geoff as a member of the 42nd Infantry Division was activated and given “ground zero” security missions. In 2004 Sgt Millard was activated with the 42nd ID ROC to participate in 13 months of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIFIII).
From 5th grade up to university level SGT Millard has lectured on subjects covering the war in Iraq, the Black Panthers, and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Geoff has also traveled around the world, from Buffalo to Venezuela and Greece to Crawford TX, working toward peace and justice through nonviolent direct action. Geoff has been a journalist formerly employed by TruthOut.org. He has been featured in or on Democracy NOW! The NY Times, MTV, MSNBC, Yahoo News, Fox News, Common Dreams, Indy media, BringThemHomeNow.org, and many other sources. Also Geoff has shared the stage with Howard Zinn, Anthony Arnove, Amy Goodman, Ann Wright, Stan Goff, Michael Stipe (from REM), Chuck D (from Public Enemy), Michael Franti to name but a few. Films featuring Geoff include Iraq For Sale, labor Day, and the web bases series This is Where We Take Our Stand. Geoff is the coauthor of Civilian Ally: A Guide to Organizing with Veterans and Servicemembers to Build a GI Resistance Movement.
Along with a peace delegation Geoff met with members of the Iraqi parliament about their 26-point peace plan. Also Geoff has traveled Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Iran meeting with Iraqi refugees at every chance.
Presently Geoff is employed as the Director of a homeless veterans initiative with the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place. On a two year timeline, the initiative is attempting (and is on track) to end homelessness among veterans in our nations capital while creating a model that can be used to end homelessness among veterans in our nation as a whole.
Geoff is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans For peace, and the DC Statehood Party. He was cofounder of the DC chapter of IVAW and severed as it's president for 3 years. Geoff is a former Chair of IVAW's Board of Directors. He has organized numerous events to include the historic Peace Has No Borders, Operation First Casualty, Winter Soldier, and Winter Soldier on the Hill. Geoff will return to Iraq in 2011 on a humanitarian aid mission with IVAW and Iraqi Heath Now.