Michele joined New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) in January of 2017 as Vice President, Principal Gifts. In this role, Michele is responsible for cultivating and stewarding new and existing Visionary and Mission Partners for the Academy.
Prior to joining the Academy, Michele spent more than 20 years working for voluntary health organizations. Most recently Michele served as the Executive Director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society New York City Chapter (LLS) where she was responsible for raising more than $13.5 million a year to fund mission critical research and working hand in hand with her Board on strategy and cultivation of donors at all levels. Prior to working for LLS, Michele was the Executive Director of the New York City Chapter for the Crohns & Colitis Foundation and spent 7 years as the the CEO and founding staff member of the Young Survival Coalition, an International organization focused on breast cancer in young women.
Michele founded the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance, and sits on the Board of UrbanTech, a small non profit working through technology to bring social and emotional learning to underserved communities.
Michele has a BA in English from the College of William and Mary.