Meet the team



Breakthrough Coach. Org Culture Geek.

Secret weapon:

Michelle gets at the heart of complex leadership challenges, surfacing unspoken conversations in ways that bring healing and possibility.


Executive leadership. Leadership teams. Human centered change management. Organizational culture. Facilitation.

Her story:

Michelle founded Leading Elephants to provide a proof point that achieving great impact and caring for the humans involved don’t have to be exclusive. As CEO, she champions the head, heart, and backbone method across our practices and directs the organization toward its human centered mission. Prior to forming Leading Elephants in 2010, Michelle served as Senior Leadership Director for The Broad Residency, a fellowship program designed to place, train and develop talented leaders in urban education. In this role, she designed the Residency’s comprehensive leadership curriculum, led a team of transformational leadership coaches and managed communities of practice to support residents in maximizing their impact and development. Michelle began her career at PwC where she was one of only two women partners in the Firm’s US Mergers and Acquisitions practice.

When not at work:

Michelle lives with her husband and twin boys in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is obsessed with farflung global adventures and thrives on the adrenaline rush of a good skydive or powder day on the slopes.


Managing Director.  Strategic Leader.  Jane of All Trades.

Secret weapon:

Amber turns messy, ethereal ideas into concrete, achievable realities.


Heart-centered, systems level leadership. Strategic planning. Complex organizational change. Operationalizing and impact monitoring.

Her story:

As Managing Director at Leading Elephants, Amber helps to extract the magic in human-centered leadership and create products that meet the array of organizational needs. Prior to working at Leading Elephants, Amber served as a leader in several capacities at Achievement First. In her early years at the charter management organization, she led a team of data strategists and supported many cross-cutting initiatives. Later, Amber served as a chief of staff in the COO Office. Amber has also served as a coach, strategy consultant, and interim Chief of Staff with charter networks across the US. Amber’s early career was as an economic consultant at Analysis Group where she supported expert witnesses testifying in corporate litigation.

Amber is passionate about:

Helping leaders thrive. She was first exposed to the transformative work at Leading Elephants as a coachee, and she loves to share how her ongoing journey toward greater human-centered leadership enriches her life.

When not at work:

Amber is based in Menlo Park, California. She loves her family, travel, her faith, and good food. And (to the chagrin and begrudged appreciation of her recipients!), she enjoys infusing work with cheesy memes and impromptu celebrations.


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