Michelle Feist is a Senior Program Officer on the K–12 Education Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she manages a portfolio of grants focused on increasing the numbers of Black, Latino/a and low-income students who are on-track to complete high school and succeed in postsecondary. Michelle has over 20 years of experience leading various portfolios of projects supporting secondary school reform, youth engagement, and systemic change initiatives. Previously, she served as Director of the Department of School and Community Services and in other senior level positions at Family Health International (FHI 360). Michelle also served as Director of Secondary School Initiatives at the Millennium Group International. She has developed and managed numerous multi-million dollar federal contracts, grants, and diverse teams of experts within and across organizations to produce high quality technical assistance products and services, and provided programmatic and grantee support to several large education-focused foundations. She has worked directly with schools and districts across the country to implement continuous improvement processes that analyze data and refine school-wide and individual student interventions. Michelle also has a background in government and public affairs. B.A., MPA-URP.