Michele joined the Troy Chamber
as its president in 2001. The Troy Chamber is a dynamic organization comprised of nearly 700 of the Troy area's best companies. Its objectives are heavily oriented toward economic development, entrepreneurship, globalization, and leadership. Most recently, Michele has worked to advance the Troy Transit Center.
Prior to joining the Troy Chamber, Michele held a variety of positions with the Detroit Regional Chamber (DRC), including director of technology, senior director of new investment, and director of national investment.
Previously, Michele served as executive director of the DDA and business development team member for the city of Southfield, where she promoted economic health through the coordination of redevelopment efforts, marketing activities and a city-wide business retention/attraction program. She also spent several years with the city of Eastpointe, beginning as an intern and concluding as its director of economic development.
Michele is a recent graduate of the Michigan Political Leadership Program
and the Institute for Organization Management
, serving as class president for each. For four years, Michele served as president of the Oakland Chamber Network, a regional collaborative of nearly 30 chambers in the county.
In 2011, Michele was recognized as the Business Woman of the Year by the Troy Rotary and she is a member of the 2007 Crain's Detroit Business
40 under 40 class. She was also identified as a Leader/Innovator by the Great Lakes IT Report
, one of Southeast Michigan's Most Influential Women by Inforum and Deloitte, and Michigan Chamber Professional of the Year by the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals.
A graduate of Michigan State University, she holds a bachelor's degree in social science, with an emphasis in urban planning.
Michele has been married to Matthew for 21 years, and is the mother of 10-year-old Sylvia and eight-year-old Josephine.