As Director, Strategy and Partnerships, Michelle develops and implements best practices for coordinating activities, partnerships, and the team to advance the strategic goals of the Office of Applied Innovation. She also supports the Office's team of Student Innovation Analysts in research, analysis, and pursuit of their mission-aligned, mentored projects. In addition, Michelle advances her own portfolio of projects in the Office, fostering mutually beneficial partnerships and applying her expertise at the intersection of science, politics, and policy, to the study and innovation of higher education institutions, as well as to the advancement of educational and economic opportunity in the communities ASU serves.
Prior to this role, Michelle was a 2019-2020 University Innovation Fellow, serving as a researcher, analyst, project manager, and relationship builder. Michelle holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in Biology (with a concentration in Biology and Society) from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Iowa. Michelle remains active in her scholarly fields, and she teaches a Science Policy for Scientists course each spring. Though born and raised in Iowa, Michelle loves the Sonoran Desert and considers it her adopted home.