Prior to joining Uniting, Michelle was the Policy Director for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Sabin Vaccine Institute and from 2002 to 2009, Michelle served as a political appointee in the George W. Bush Administration working at the U.S. Peace Corps as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Congressional Relations. In her capacity, as the Deputy Chief of Staff, she oversaw the departments of Congressional Relations; Communications and Press; AIDS Relief; Strategic Information, Research and Planning; and Private Sector Initiatives, and assisted in the daily management of this independent federal agency. She also focused on issues such as food security, global health, and orphans and vulnerable children and in 2006 led the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the German Development Service (DED).
Before her work at the U.S. Peace Corps, Michelle was Vice President of Government Relations for the Council of Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBanks) in Washington, D.C. She has extensive experience in advocacy, coalition building, fundraising, and political grassroots development at the federal, state, and local level.
Born to a German mother and American father, Michelle grew up in Southern California, has a bachelor’s degree in international management, and a passion for soccer.