With more than 20 years of practical experience in the non-profit performing arts arena, Michele has a thorough understanding of the operating issues and opportunities facing many of our performing arts organizations.
At AMS, Michele leads a mix of projects related to institutional development for arts organizations, as well as construction of arts facilities. Michele recently completed a study for a large-scale performance venue in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, a utilization study for the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall, an operations and cultural arts facilities plan for the City of Kingston and Queens University in Ontario, and feasibility studies for new facilities in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, Taylorsville, Utah, and Boise, Idaho.
Recent strategic planning work includes the Arlington Arts Commission, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Arena Stage, and an analysis of market expansion opportunity for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to joining AMS Planning & Research in 2006, Michele served as Chief Operating Officer of the Virginia Performing Arts Foundation in Richmond, Virginia, where she oversaw design and financial planning for a proposed multi-theatre arts complex. Key responsibilities for that organization included planning for all operational aspects of the venues, engagement of the arts and cultural community, financial management and planning, and coordination of the development team.
Within her 15 years of orchestra management, she served as Executive Director of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 2002. During that time, she oversaw organizational growth of 30% (including a successful capital campaign for endowment) and was instrumental in developing several creative outreach and education programs.
A native of New Jersey, Michele earned her B.A. degree at the University of Michigan. She resides in Richmond, Virginia.