Michelle is the founding director of the Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact (NNSI), the Delaney Family University Research Professor, and Associate Faculty at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. NNSI is dedicated to answering the question: How can government and nonprofit networks be rewired for maximum social impact?
Her research focuses on how to design interorganizational networks to make the most social impact. She is the author of Networks for Social Impact (2022, Oxford University Press). The National Science Foundation recognized her research with a CAREER award. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Army Research Office. Nonprofit Quarterly, Stanford Social Innovation, and the Conference board have featured her work.
She offers workshops, consulting, and coaching through the Social Impact Network Consulting. She is also spouse to Michael, mom to Oliver and Alex, an avid backyard birdwatcher, and a mediocre tennis player.
- PhD, University of Southern California
- MA Communication, University of Southern California
- BA Communication, Pepperdine University
Recent Awards and Honors
- Career Award, National Science Foundation, 2010-2015
- Beckman Fellow, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Center for Advanced Study, 2007-2008