Michelle brings over a decade of investment experience to her role as a Partner at Ignition and a mentor to entrepreneurs and executives in digital media and the consumer internet. Michelle has a fascination with how the internet works and brings her experience investing in SEO, social media, advertising analytics, and digital commerce to understanding the trends that will next fuel the web. She loves to advise companies and fund entrepreneurs who are defining digital and what it means to our on and off-line lives. Through her work with the Ignition portfolio in mobile, SaaS, big data and cloud computing, Michelle has deep respect for the technology that makes the internet scale and sing.
Michelle currently sits on a number of boards, including SEOmoz, Glympse, Visible Technologies, and Ice.com and is an observer on Avvo and Trover. She previously sat on the board of TrackSimple, which was acquired in 2011 by BlueKai. Michelle is a Founding Advisor to Julep and Jenni Hogan Media.
In addition to her work as an advisor and VC, she is an active fundraiser in early childhood education and sits on the board of the University Child Development School. Michelle is also a member of the WWF, not that one, this one- Washington Women’s Federation.
Prior to joining Ignition, Michelle consulted to Microsoft’s Developer Division, worked as an investment banker in mergers and acquisitions at Olympic Capital Partners, and as a management consultant with A.T. Kearney and the China External Trade Development Council (CETRA) in Taiwan.
Michelle was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Technology by the Puget Sound Business Journal, she was a “40 under 40” Honoree, and she has been quoted in various industry publications including “Marketing in the Age of Google”.
Michelle earned a Masters degree from Harvard, and an undergraduate degree from Columbia.