As President of the Women’s College Coalition, Michele brings a field-tested, global perspective to public policy analysis and thought leadership shaped by a distinguished career in nonprofit and academic leadership, strategic initiatives, and women-led philanthropy. Her previous experience includes serving President and CEO of Women’s Funding Network, and a decade as CEO of Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential (GCAPP), one of the largest statewide nonprofits in the country working to improve adolescent reproductive health.
Earlier in her career, Michele was a Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Nigeria. Michele also served as co-investigator in the first national study on child abuse in Nigeria, which led to the creation of regional reporting centers funded by the Ford Foundation. She currently is a member of the board of directors of the Jeannette Rankin Scholarship Foundation, The Conversation US, a global online publication for academic researcher, and a member of the International Women’s Forum. Previous board service includes Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Healthy Teen Network, and the National Advisory Council on Sexual Health, chaired by Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General.
Named to Fasts Company’s League of Extraordinary Women, Michele has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, NPR, and USA Today.
Michele graduated from Douglass College with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Douglass College, and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University.