Michelle Griffin

Managing Director, Internal Communications and College Persistence and Success

Ms. Griffin has a unique role, as she is charged with developing and executing strategies and tactics, designed to inform, engage and inspire both staff and students across the network. As the Managing Director of Internal Communications, she is tasked with creating and implementing internal communications initiatives and engagement events to foster information-sharing, collaboration, and connect staff and stakeholders to the mission, vision, and priorities of the BRICK Education Network (BEN).

Ensuring students successfully transition to, persist through, and graduate from college is the goal for BEN’s College Persistence and Success department. As the leader of this new division, Michele will set the vision and strategy for everything BEN does to send students to and through college, thus achieving its goal of becoming an educational institution that breaks down barriers to ensure under-resourced youth attain college access and success.

Michele believes her 15 years of experience as a communications and project management professional has prepared her to succeed in her new role. Prior to joining BRICK, she led the marketing, student recruitment and development efforts for Marion P. Thomas Charter Schools and the MPTCS Foundation. She honed her project management skills as the associate director of events for ESSENCE magazine, where she worked on a variety of the magazine’s signature events and marketing programs, including the Essence Awards, Essence Music Festival, Women Who Shape the World Summit, and the ESSENCE Showhouse. Michele is a graduate of Howard University, where she received a BA in Journalism, and she holds an MA in Education, Management, Leadership, and Policy from Seton Hall University. In her spare time, Michele works alongside her 82-year-old mother, the founder of Pride & Joy, an inter-generational mentoring organization for girls and women.