A former teacher, Michelle is at the forefront of issues that affect the lives and development of children and students in Michigan. Although she specializes in early learning and K–12, she works across a range of sectors to improve opportunities for people of all ages. She started her career teaching first grade in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina—an experience that reminds her that state policy needs to work for everyone.

At PSC, Michelle leads and supports seminal research on improving Michigan’s outcomes in areas like early childhood, special education, K–12, and higher education—advancing a vision for a system that serves Michiganders from cradle to career. She also manages staff and large projects, facilitates difficult conversations, and helps clients and colleagues make sense of (oftentimes lots of) information. Michelle was a critical part of the leadership team that won Michigan a $50 million Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge grant to close the school readiness gap and was involved in helping to expand funding for the state’s Great Start Readiness Program.

Before her time teaching and at PSC, Michelle also worked at the Executive Office of Education in Boston, Massachusetts.

Email: mrichard@publicsectorconsultants.com

A Little More…

Education: BA in Elementary Education from Saginaw Valley State University and an MEd in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education

With PSC since: August 2010

PSC superpower: Knowing when her coworkers need TimBits

Favorite part of working at PSC: Connecting the dots across subjects, projects, and clients

Why Michigan? It’s home!