As Vice President of Advocacy and Policy, Michele leads Kidango’s advocacy efforts to advance an early childhood system that ensures all children have the skills they need to be ready for success in school and life.
Prior to joining Kidango, Michele served as Director of Government Affairs, Policy and Communications for the Children’s Defense Fund-California. At CDF, Michele led the organization’s Ending Child Poverty campaign and oversaw state policy and communications work to create a level playing field for children in California. Michele led a successful campaign to expand the state Earned Income Tax Credit to benefit more than a million low-income working families, and worked with partners to establish California’s first state-funded home visiting program for vulnerable children, expand health coverage to 170,000 undocumented children in California, and increase basic needs welfare grants in California.
Previously, Michele ran advocacy and communications campaigns to increase access to quality early learning for Preschool California, analyzed issues of homelessness and childhood hunger as a Dukakis Fellow in Colorado Governor Bill Ritter’s office, and co-founded the Massachusetts Cradle to Prison Pipeline Coalition. Michele has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Raised by community organizers in inner-city Denver, Michele is a lifelong social justice activist and an avid proponent of public schools.
Michele can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.