Michelle Gilliard is the Corporate Social Responsibility Leader, for IBM Americas. Working across the US, Canada and Latin America she is responsible for regional IBM corporate social responsibility representation and execution of key programs and initiatives to continue advancing IBM’s performance and global recognition as a socially responsible and sustainable company. Her portfolio includes growing and advancing IBM’s global education and workforce development initiatives including IBM SkillsBuild and P-TECH, ESG/Sustainability, Volunteerism and Employee Engagement and CSR/ESG Communications across the Americas. She also helps to represent the company in external corporate social responsibility and sustainability organizations, initiatives, collaborations and events.
Michelle is a national leader in expanding educational and occupational opportunities for underrepresented and under served communities. Prior to joining IBM, she was Director, US Education and Workforce Department at FHI360 an international human development organization working to improve the health and well-being of people in the United States and around the globe. Michelle oversaw the department’s efforts to design and manage comprehensive education and workforce development initiatives with a particular focus on children and youth from historically marginalized communities. The department drives social change through the development and implementation of national programs, and the provision of technical assistance, research and evaluation.
Previously, Michelle was a partner at Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), a high engagement philanthropic investment firm focused on improving educational and social outcomes for children and youth in the Greater Washington, DC region. In this capacity, she used significant multi-year growth capital and strategic management to build high performing nonprofit organizations, managed multi-million-dollar portfolios of nonprofit organizations and cross-sector collaborative initiatives. Additional positions held include senior director at the Walmart Foundation where she led the Foundation’s national post secondary education and workforce development CSR partnerships and giving programs. Post secondary education strategies included a focus on partnerships with minority serving institutions (HBCUs, HSIs, TCUs and AANAPISIs). She has also held executive level positions in higher education at the Foundation for Independent Higher Education and the Council of Independent Colleges.
Michelle holds degrees from the University of Michigan (Ph.D.), Brown University (A.M.), American University (MIS), and the University of Dayton (B.A.). Current board appointments include the American Youth Policy Forum, Goodwill Excel Center Adult Public Charter School in Washington, DC, and Higher Achievement.