Michelle’s conviction in the value of higher education started early: in the sixth grade, she presented her bemused parents with a thorough list of colleges where she planned to apply. Her educational experiences strengthened that conviction, leading her to a career in the higher education sector and sparking a passion for expanding opportunity, equity, and quality in the nation’s education system.

As an Education Senior Policy Advisor, Michelle advances Third Way’s efforts to shift the national conversation about higher education toward a comprehensive focus on improving student outcomes and creating value. This includes advocating for policies that promote greater institutional accountability, establish stronger protections for students and families, and guarantee a meaningful return on investment for students and taxpayers.

Before joining Third Way, Michelle worked in communications for higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations, including the Fulbright Association, Georgetown University, and language training provider CORE Languages. She earned an A.B. in comparative literature from Harvard University and holds a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania.

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