Prior to founding Moxie + Mettle, Michelle founded Chase Communications, an independent technology PR firm that she led for 11 years. She also served as the director of corporate communications for Carrier Access, a provider of communications access technologies, where she was responsible for marketing communications, public relations and investor relations. Before that, Michelle was the managing director of a Boston-based PR firm where she provided strategic counsel related to corporate, product and competitive positioning, and devised corporate development strategies. She was also the PR manager of Unisphere Networks, a Siemens-owned provider of IP infrastructure products. In this role, she directed worldwide communication initiatives and managed PR agencies in Asia Pacific and the U.S.
Michelle graduated from the University of Iowa with dual bachelor degrees in journalism and political science, and she earned a master’s degree in education from Regis University. She served as a board member for the Colorado chapter of the American Marketing Association, and as an adjunct faculty member at Metropolitan State University of Denver for five years. In 2016, she joined the University as an assistant professor in the Journalism and Technical Communication Department where she leads the public relations degree program.