Retired IBM Director

Michelle has over twenty-seven years technology industry experience and several years’ experience working with nonprofit organizations in volunteer and professional roles. She recently completed a Leadership Austin fellowship with Impact Austin where she led the pilot for a new high impact, Social Innovation Grant given to a collaborative advancing racial and gender equity for women and girls of color in Central Texas. The initial $110,000 grant was awarded in November 2019. Michelle recently joined the Impact Austin board of directors and continues to serve as the co-chair for the Social Innovation Grant review committee.

At IBM, Michelle held a variety of leadership positions in development, personnel management, and executive roles with a focus on delivering new products and technologies to market. Her background is primarily in software development including open source technologies, middleware, and developer solutions. In more recent years, she has expanded into cloud infrastructure and systems.

Prior to retiring from IBM, Michelle was the Director of OpenPOWER and also the President of the OpenPOWER Foundation. This foundation focuses on growing an open ecosystem around the POWER architecture and its associated technologies. The Foundation provides a community for members to share expertise, investment and intellectual property to serve the evolving needs of end users. Previously, Michelle led an organization which specialized in open source development for Linux, virtualization, containers, and cloud computing. This world-wide team of developers were active in numerous open source communities and projects. As part of this role, she also worked closely with business partners responsible for the commercialization/support of these technologies in support of IBM platforms. In prior years, Michelle held leadership and management roles in the Cloud Innovation, Rational and WebSphere organizations. She led the integration of business acquisitions and new technologies into IBM, delivered software products to market, ran customer design programs, and led cross organizational transformation initiatives.

Michelle believes in the importance of giving back. She has had a focus on mentorship and supporting inclusive career growth throughout her career. She has been active in programs which mentor/sponsor employees and students on achieving their career goals. Michelle graduated from University of Texas at Austin with a Computer Science Degree. She has been actively involved in recruiting activities and IBM’s engagement on campus. Outside work, Michelle is been a board member of Impact Austin. This is a women’s’ philanthropic organization in Austin which gives funding grants to non-profit programs around improving education, culture, family, health, and the environment. Michelle is also currently a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer for children in foster care.