Michelle Boyers supports the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation’s efforts to improve K-12 education across the U.S., with a focus on teacher support and professional learning. Michelle has experience in philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and education reform at the state, district and school leadership levels.
Prior to joining the Schusterman Foundation, Michelle helped to lead the turnaround of the Orchard Gardens K-8 School in Boston as both Chief Operating Officer and Chair of the Board. In just three years, Orchard Gardens went from being one of Boston’s lowest-performing, highest-poverty public schools to one of the top schools in the state in terms of combined math and reading growth.
Michelle also served as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources for the Boston Public Schools where she was responsible for recruitment, hiring and HR services for nearly 10,000 school leaders, teachers and other staff and led a transformation of the district’s HR systems and policies. Michelle’s other education reform work includes: advising the Massachusetts Department of Education on strengthening HR and human capital management systems and capacity in the state’s largest urban school districts; serving as Director of Strategic Partnerships for the New York City public school system; and her role as a Founding Partner at New Profit Inc., a nonprofit venture philanthropy fund. Prior to education reform, she worked in the private sector in both private equity investing and investment banking.
Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is the Chair of the Board for Teach Plus and serves as a board member or formal board observer for several national non-profits including Achievement Network, Educational Resources Strategies, Leading Educators, New Leaders and New Teacher Center.