Michele Walsh is Chief of Staff at UNICEF USA.
Michele is a social impact leader leveraging multi-disciplinary expertise to drive organizational transformation.
As Chief of Staff at UNICEF USA, Michele is a strategic partner to the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Senior Management Team. She leads the organization’s strategic planning process and drives high-priority enterprise-wide projects. Michele is the primary liaison to the National Board of Directors and coordinates the global relationship with UNICEF.
Michele balances more than 20 years of experience with a forward-thinking approach. She has served in several leadership roles at UNICEF USA with a laser focus on results. Most recently, as Vice President of Development, she mobilized internal stakeholders and external partners to advance unprecedented annual growth resulting in more than $500M in private sector support. As Managing Director of the New York region, Michele built and mobilized a diverse board and staff that leveraged market knowledge to consistently out-perform targets.
Inspired by volunteer work, Michele began her career as a social worker in foster care, later supervising mentoring and youth programs. Early career experience shaped her desire to address inequity through systemic change. At the Urban Justice Center, she served as Director of Development and mobilized support for anti-poverty work in NYC, before joining UNICEF for a global approach.
Michele earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Urban Planning from Washington University in St. Louis.
She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her partner and three daughters. She loves good conversation, good analytics, and dancing in the living room with her family.