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Michelle Tafel

Chief Strategy & Advancement Officer, College Summit


As Chief Strategy and Advancement Officer, Michelle leads development and strategy to ensure College Summit achieves its mission. Over the next three to five years, the organization will grow to reach more than 500 schools and 1.8 million students nationwide through its new program, PeerForward.

In her previous role as Chief Innovation Officer, Michelle spent four years creating and managing breakthrough innovations to College Summit’s program and business model, including the strategic planning and program design that led to PeerForward. Before becoming CIO, Michelle was College Summit’s Chief of Staff, where for four years, she served on the executive team, working closely with the president, CEO, and board of directors Since joining the College Summit team in 2004, Michelle has held a variety of roles related to development, board relations, and special projects, and she has volunteered as a College Summit Writing Coach over ten times. Prior to joining College Summit, 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 graduate of American University (B.A.) and Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (M.B.A.).