Before her appointment as IDHS Secretary, Michelle was Director of Policy in the Office of the Governor, overseeing a number of policy initiatives including economic development, healthcare, education, housing, fiscal policy, and ethics.
She has strong experience in financial management, having served as Director of Investments/Deputy for Investment Policy for the Office of the Illinois State Treasurer and as Executive Director for the Illinois Metropolitan Investment Fund.
Michelle has directly applied her management skills in the nonprofit context, as Interim CEO of Innovation Illinois, a public policy think tank and communications organization; President of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless; Co-Chair of Protestants for the Common Good, an Illinois social justice organization; and Vice President for Lifelink, Illinois’ largest international adoption agency. Her civic leadership currently includes serving on the boards of directors for the Michael Reese Health Trust, the National Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), Housing Opportunities for Women, and EcoViva, a foundation for sustainable development in El Salvador.
Michelle earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and her Master’s in Management Degree from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.