Michele Lawrence Jawando

Senior Vice President of Programs

As Omidyar Network’s first Senior Vice President of Programs, Michele oversees the program teams of its three Impact Themes: Responsible Technology, Reimagining Capitalism, and Pluralism.

Before joining Omidyar Network, Michele was the head of US Strategic Engagement and Public Policy Partnerships at Google. As a member of their Public Policy team, she was responsible for developing strategic relationships and partnerships with elected officials, thinks tanks, nonprofits, and thought leaders across the US. Her focus was on issues related to the election and cybersecurity, gender equity, disability rights, and more.

Prior to Google, Michele served as Vice President at the Center for American Progress, where she oversaw Legal Progress’s work on civic participation and the role courts play in progressive policy issues. Michele has also served as General Counsel and Senior Advisor to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and as Legislative Counsel and Campaign Director of Election Protection for People for The American Way.

Throughout her career, Michele has been a guest of panels and national conferences, including the Young Women’s Christian Association, National Women’s Law Center, The National Urban League, NAACP, and many more. Michele is a past recipient of the Women’s Information Network Young Woman of Achievement Award and was recently recognized by the NAACP as one of the “40 Power Young Professionals under 40” in Washington, DC.

Michele received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law and her B.A. from Hampton University, where she founded “SisterFriend,” a support network for women of color.