Hometown: Monroe, NY
Education: B.A. Psychology, University at Albany,
M.S. Education Administration and Policy Studies, University at Albany
Michelle manages institutional development work and relevant communications at Blue Engine as the Senior Manager of Institutional Giving. Most recently, she was Director of Charter School Information at the SUNY Charter Schools Institute. In that role, she was responsible for overseeing all external communications, which involved crafting press releases, opinion pieces, talking points, and managing the website. She was also responsible for internal communications such as newsletters, and leading strategic document production processes.
Prior to her role at SUNY, Michelle served as Project Coordinator to the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute. In that role she worked with the State Education Department and the New York State Council on Children and Families to roll out the Federal Pre-K Expansion Grant, which included coordinating and managing all of the subcontractors of the grant. She also assisted the Co-Chairs of the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council, which advises the Governor on a variety of early childhood education issues.
Michelle is near completion of her Ph.D. in Education Policy and Leadership, and is excited to bring her research, policy, and communications background to the Development Team at Blue Engine. She hopes to further her personal and professional mission: to ensure all students have equitable access to a high-quality education.