A native of Pittsburgh, Michelle began her career as a journalist, sharing stories of people and neighborhoods that were often under-served or misrepresented in the media. She later changed careers and focused on helping non-profit organizations to build capacity and develop their communications prowess. She credits her time as the Compliance Officer at the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (now Partner4Work) as jump-starting her interest in workforce development, policy and governance. Michelle then moved to Washington, DC, where she worked for the US Department of Labor, Workforce Data Quality Campaign and Manhattan Strategy Group over a 10-year span. Through these experiences, she gained expertise in program development, policy, research and organizational management.
Prior to joining Opportunity Nation, Michelle served as the Director of Research and Communications at A+ Schools, an education advocacy organization in Pittsburgh, where she managed the organization’s marketing and communications program and analyzed data to advocate for equitable and excellent educational opportunities for all public school students.
Michelle is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds bachelor’s degrees in both journalism and political science. Michelle received her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Michelle was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her 2018 Opportunity Score/Grade is 53.1/B.