Michelle has extensive experience conceptualizing and executing cultural programming and live experiences, building membership and cultivating community, creating digital, print and video content, heading up marketing and communication efforts, and leading brand strategy and creative direction for global corporations.
In 2016 Michelle was appointed the Creative Director of TimesTalks at NYTLive. Within a year at the helm, she transformed the platform known for it’s intimate events with cultural leaders, into a fully integrated 360° content platform. Not only did she lead the complete visual re-branding, Michelle brought TimesTalks to a global audience by live streaming events on multiple channels, creating editorial video content for NYTimes.com, and reviving the press, marketing and communications strategy. Over the last three years Michelle has programmed over 150 talks with a myriad of iconic and seminal voices - from Al Gore, to Jane Goodall, Bill Clinton, Nikole Kidman, Ava DuVernay, John Legend, Angela Davis, Colson Whitehead, Bill Murray, Gloria Steinem, Chelsea Handler, Diddy, Anthony Bourdain, Wes Anderson, Eric Holder, Bill Clinton, Greta Gerwig, Ai Weiwei and many more.
Michelle was a Founding Partner and the Global Creative Director of NeueHouse, a private creative work collective with offices in NY and LA. During her tenure with the brand - beginning at the inception of its first physical site in Manhattan’s Flatiron district - Michelle established NeueHouse as not only a place to work and engage with like-minded members, but as a cultural nexus of live experiences, activations, and programming. She also created and established a suite of branded editorial content that lived at the intersection of media and commercial enterprise. Michelle established the company’s brand strategy, much of which was driven by programming, cultivation of community, and the creation of content platforms.
Prior to NeueHouse, Michelle was the head of Membership at Soho House New York. Both at Soho House and NeueHouse Michelle built a diverse and engaging community of creative thought leaders, and put together a group of founding members and trustees, as well as forged partnerships with major institutions, galleries, not for profits, commercial brands and media platforms — including MOMA, The Whitney, Creative Time, David Zwirner Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival, Lincoln Film Society, Frieze Art Fair, The New Yorker, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Grey Goose, Land Rover and many more.
Michelle was born and raised in Sydney Australia, but attended high school at Miss Porter’s in Farmington CT, and has an honors degree in Molecular Genetics from the University of New South Wales, and a Graduate Degree in Journalism from Columbia University.
Prior to moving to New York over 15 years ago she was a science and art writer for various publications, and was the founding editor-in-chief of a fashion and art magazine called Yen, still on stands today. While living in London Michelle was a TV writer and presenter for a science show called “Einstein TV” on UK’s cable network BSkyB. She currently lives in NYC with her fashion photographer husband and two rambunctious boys.