Speaker

Michele Chang

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy

U.S. Economic Development Administration

Biography

Michele Chang

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy

Michele Chang is a seasoned executive with nearly 20 years of experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. She joins the Economic Development Administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy. She most recently was the Executive Director of the Rework America Business Network at the Markle Foundation, where she worked with Fortune 500 companies to help American workers without four-year degrees get the skills they need and access quality jobs.

Ms. Chang served in the Obama Administration as Acting Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), where she managed the day-to-day operations of the 3,000+ person agency. She also served as the agency’s point person on policy issues with the White House’s National Economic Council; coordinated cross-agency initiatives; and launched and ran new federal programs.

Prior to joining the Administration, Ms. Chang worked at McKinsey & Company, where she helped local governments, public school systems and Fortune 500 companies alike tackle some of their most challenging and urgent issues. She has also held roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers; and Hope Street Group, a national nonprofit where she led their national workforce development programs.

Ms. Chang earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in Mathematics/Applied Sciences and her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She was born and raised in San Jose, California, and currently lives in Maryland with her husband and three children.