Michele Schimpp is the Office of Investment and Innovation's new Deputy AA and has over 20 years of experience managing U.S. government organizations and start-up operations related to global job creation, competitiveness and economic growth. She has worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department, and the U.S. House of Representatives, leading programs and partnerships with the private sector, foundations, universities, federal and state agencies, as well as foreign legislatures and governments.
Michele served on the senior leadership team that established the U.S. Global Development Lab, a new entity within USAID to apply science, technology, innovation and partnerships to help hundreds of millions of people lift themselves out of extreme poverty. As the Director for Mission Engagement and Operations, she was responsible for the Lab’s engagement of more than 80 country missions overseas, as well as human resources and budget operations.
Prior to the Lab’s establishment, Michele Schimpp served as Chief Operating Officer of USAID’s Office of Science and Technology, a predecessor organization to the Lab. For several years before, Michele served on the senior leadership team that established USAID’s Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, serving as Deputy Assistant to the Administrator during a period when USAID contributed to the civilian surge through increased staff and programs. She represented USAID’s work in Afghanistan and Pakistan before government agencies, Congress, international donors, the U.N., interest groups, research and academia. Over the previous four years, Michele held senior management positions with USAID and the State Department, leading groups of experts on economic growth, infrastructure, energy, humanitarian assistance, agriculture, health, education, democracy and governance. She supported missions in Asia and the Middle East and developed public-private partnerships to respond to the Sichuan earthquake and to support women’s leadership in Muslim countries.
A Foreign Service Officer for ten years, Michele served in Haiti from 1995-1999. She has a M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University.