Michele Jolin is a Managing Partner for America Achieves, leading the organization's Results for America initiative, which works to develop recommendations and bipartisan support for investing public funds in evidence-based solutions that can be taken to large scale. Michele also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Michele was appointed by President Obama in December 2010 to be a Member of the White House Council for Community Solutions. Previously, Michele served as Senior Advisor for Social Innovation at the White House. In that role, she designed and launched the Social Innovation Fund and developed a range of other policy tools to drive federal investment toward effective solutions. Prior to joining the White House, Michele led the Center for American Progress presidential transition project and co-edited the book Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President. She also authored a number of articles and reports on policy tools to promote innovation and impact in the nonprofit sector. 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 as the Chief of Staff for President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers, for CEA Chair Joseph Stiglitz, and as a Legislative Counsel for Senator Barbara Boxer on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Michele lives in Washington, DC with her husband and their 3 children
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.