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Michele Jolin

CEO and co-Founder, Results for America


EMAIL: michele.jolin@americaachieves.org
LOCATION: Washington DC (more)


Michele Jolin is the CEO and co-Founder of Results for America, which is improving outcomes for young people, their families and communities by driving public resources toward solutions that use data and evidence to get better results. Michele also is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Michele was appointed by President Barack Obama in December 2010 to be a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions. Michele served as a Senior Advisor for Social Innovation at the White House during 2009 -2010, where she designed and launched the first “Social Innovation Fund.” Prior to joining the White House, Michele was at the Center for American Progress, where she led the Presidential transition project and co-edited the Center for American Progress Action Fund’s presidential transition book titled Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President. Michele was a senior vice president at Ashoka, a global foundation that invests in social entrepreneurs in more than 50 countries around the world. Michele served in the White House as the Chief of Staff for President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers, for CEA Chairs Joseph Stiglitz and Janet Yellen. She also worked for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Michele has a BA from University of Wisconsin, an MSc from the London School of Economics and a JD from the University of Virginia.

Q & A

What draws you to the work of America Achieves?
The team. The vision. The urgent need to invest in young people in order for America to be globally competitive over the long-term.

What do we most need to focus on to improve the lives of America's youth?
Better understanding what young people need to succeed and investing resources in what works.


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