A native of Pittsburgh, PA, 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.Michelle currently serves as the Director of Opportunity Nation and Strategic Initiatives at The Forum for Youth Investment in Washington, DC, where she leads the organization's efforts to better utilize data about economic mobility and opportunity in America to secure bipartisan support for policies that improve racial, social, and economic equity.Just prior, she was 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 promoted the use of data and information to advocate for equitable and excellent educational opportunities for all public school students.She is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds bachelor's degrees in both journalism and political science. Michelle received her Master's of Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. She is the mother of a three-year-old daughter.
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