Michele joined Major League Baseball in October 2020 as its first Chief People & Culture Officer. She reports directly to Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. and sits on both MLB’s Executive Committee. In her role, Michele leads human resources; diversity, inclusion and culture; and off-field operations for the League supporting the Central League Office and all 30 Clubs.
Before joining MLB, Michele served as Principal and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for KPMG. In this role, she led the National Inclusion and Diversity team and was a member of the Human Resources Leadership Team. Michele worked with KPMG’s senior leaders to advance the firm’s strategy and objectives as related to the recruitment, retention, development and advancement of a diverse workforce. As a leader, she also role modeled engaging with others to inspire broad perspectives, drive innovative client solutions, and foster a welcoming and inclusive culture. During her tenure at KPMG, the firm was recognized as a top workplace by numerous organizations, including FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work, DiversityInc, Working Mother, and The Human Rights Campaign.
Prior to KPMG, Michele served as Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. From 2010 to 2017, she served as Employment Counsel at Prudential Financial Inc. and was later appointed Global Chief Diversity Officer responsible for leading and furthering the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Prior to her employment at Prudential, Michele served in gubernatorial appointments as General Counsel of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, and as Director of the New Jersey Division of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action. She also served as Employment Counsel, then as Northeast Regional Diversity Lead, at Merrill Lynch. Michele started her career in private practice as an employment litigator at the law firms of Lowenstein Sandler LLP and Collier, Jacob & Mills, P.C., after serving as a law clerk for Justice James H. Coleman, Jr. of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Media & Speaking Engagements
Michele is a sought after thought leader and strategist. In addition to her role as a regular Yahoo! Finance News Contributor, Michele has been featured in top media outlets including The Economist, Forbes, Fortune, Business Insider, CNN, Quartz, Inc., and more. In recognition of her professional accomplishments, Michele has received numerous awards and accolades including being named a “Power Player in Consulting” by Business Insider and being featured in Black Enterprise’s “Portraits of Power” series spotlighting exceptional women leaders.