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Michelle Tafel, Vice President and Executive Director

Michelle serves as the Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Washington DC where she leads the staff of 40 and nearly 200 AmeriCorps members to provide critical tutoring, mentoring, and role modeling to DC Public Schools students. Prior to joining City Year in December 2017, Michelle was a member of College Summit’s executive leadership team where she served as Chief Strategy and Advancement Officer and Chief Innovation Officer. In those roles, she was responsible for raising significant private funding to support the organization, leading the strategic planning and transition from a legacy program and organizational model to a new program, running product pilots, and overseeing alumni initiatives. Prior to this, Michelle served as Chief of Staff at College Summit where she worked with the president, CEO, executive team, and board of directors to drive the achievement of College Summit’s mission. Prior to her time as Chief of Staff, Michelle served in various roles at College Summit beginning her time there as an AmeriCorps*VISTA.

While earning her bachelor’s degree, Michelle worked for a DC-based youth leadership organization as a mentor, tutor, teacher, and founder of their young women’s program. She is a proud graduate of American University (B.A.) and Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management (M.B.A).