A visionary in the field of health information technology, Michele founded Cognosante in 2008 to disrupt and challenge the status quo in the U.S. healthcare system. Leveraging a unique set of business, data, and technical expertise in a fundamentally different way, Cognosante provides solutions central to carrying out national healthcare transformation. Under Michele’s leadership, Cognosante has grown rapidly, and emerged as a trusted provider of innovative health and safety solutions for key Federal health, military, and intelligence agencies as well as state health agencies.
To further her goal of transforming the healthcare system, Michele established Cognosante Ventures to fuel promising health IT startups. By investing in and mentoring these companies, Cognosante Ventures supports the development of technologies that will fundamentally change the way U.S. citizens experience healthcare.
Michele’s commitment to equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all is reflected in Cognosante’s culture and the philanthropic initiatives she established. Her efforts promote economic sustainability through entrepreneurship and focus on increasing opportunities for Veterans, under-resourced young adults, and persons with disabilities. With a mission to promote the dignity of work, the Cognosante Foundation, established in 2012, focuses on supporting members from underserved communities as they pursue financial independence through meaningful careers. Michele is also actively engaged in promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) studies and careers for girls and women.
In recognition of her entrepreneurial success and philanthropic efforts, she has received numerous accolades including the Palm Beach Atlantic University 2019 American Free Enterprise Medal, the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of The Year® for the Washington, DC region, and the U.S. Award for Services. She was elected along with U.S. senators, high-ranking government officials, and top executives of Fortune 500 companies as an inaugural member of 100 Women Leaders in STEM in 2012 and one of the “Top 100 CEO Leaders in STEM” in 2016.
In 2021, Michele laid the groundwork for women’s ownership of major sports franchises by becoming the first female co-owner of a National Women’s Soccer League club, the Washington Spirit. Also an active supporter of the arts and technology, she is a Trustee on the Boards of the Washington National Opera and the Norton Museum of Art, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Northern Virginia Technology Council.
Prior to founding Cognosante, Michele served as vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman’s Health Solutions division and as a management consultant helping global information, technology, and telecom companies formulate and successfully execute profitable growth strategies.
Michele earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of Chicago and a master’s degree in public and private management from Yale School of Management.