Michele Lord

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Michele Lord

"Applying her 15 years of philanthropic experience, Michele helped PIP create its six collaborative and partner funds, which have raised more than $40 million in new funds and have engaged more than 91 national, state and local foundation, family foundation and individual donors. Michele is also Director of the Ottinger Foundation, and has directed several national family foundations. She served six years as the Director of the Norman Foundation, and has overseen program evaluations on behalf of the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and the Open Society Institute. Michele has also served as the chair of the Funders' Committee on Civic Participation, and sits on the board of the National Immigration Law Center.

"Prior to her work in the philanthropic sector, Michele held positions in city and national government. She was Deputy Director in New York City's Mayor's Office of Operations under Mayor David Dinkins, where she oversaw the city’s health and human services agencies. Michele served in the U.S. Congress as the Director of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, managing a policy agenda for the Women Members of Congress. Michele began her career as a legal services lawyer in Houston, specializing in immigration and welfare law. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown University, and a J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law." [1]

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  1. Staff, Public Interest Projects, accessed August 10, 2008.