Michelle is an 8th generation New Orleanian; she holds an MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School and a BSF from Sewanee: The University of the South. She is recently fully retired from Environmental Defense Fund. Michelle opened EDF's Bentonville, AR, office, and worked there for 9 years, concluding as director, supply chain, for EDF’s on-site sustainability partnership with Walmart. Her work resulted in Walmart taking market-shifting environmental and human health commitments, including the first corporate mandate to reduce or eliminate legal but toxic chemicals across a retailer's home and personal care product portfolio. Michelle was a founding board member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, ensuring robust environmental and social metrics for the global apparel industry, and a core participant in The Sustainability Consortium, which provides science and metrics underpinning retail sustainability assessments. Michelle also ran a Washington, DC-based consulting business. As a University of Mississippi management doctoral student, her research interests include organizational change, accountability, and equity in the workplace.