Michelle C. Russell’s – Vice President of Programs – AnitaB.org
Michelle C. Russell’s career began as an English teacher at University City High School in Philadelphia. Michelle transitioned to school and district leadership roles in Chicago, IL and Montclair, NJ culminating with being the proud Principal of TEAM Englewood Community Academy. Michelle entered the work of education with a focus on interrupting the inequity that plagues communities of color and perpetuates a system of marginalization of many groups within society.
Michelle now brings her passion for change and commitment to equity to AnitaB.org where she serves as the Vice President of Programs. Her team increases pathways for aspiring TechWomen to enter the technology field; supports the development of mid-career TechWomen; and works to open doors for TechWomen founders with a resolute focus on women of color and other marginalized groups. Michelle’s goal is to actualize AnitaB.org’s mission for a world where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies for whom they build it.
The work of shifting society is no small feat and Michelle considers this to be her life’s mission. Her district-level positions in Chicago Public Schools and Montclair Public Schools emphasized professional development, curriculum support, instructional leadership, and development of leadership models that focus on equitable access to high quality education for students. Her passion for student success drove her work for students to have access to programs and work-based learning opportunities that lead to success in college and careers. Her work at AnitaB.org extends her prior work to create a continuum from birth to career by impacting the lives of women across the globe who will develop the next iteration of technology and influence its impact on generations to come.
Michelle received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the National Louis University in Chicago.