A leader in building partnerships
In her current position as interim president and chief executive officer, Michele leads the company’s business strategy and champions our vision to passionately lead a state of health and well-being across Rhode Island. For the past two decades, in a variety of leadership roles, Michele has stewarded Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island’s mission as a trusted health insurer and community partner. Most recently, as executive vice president, chief administrative officer, chief legal officer, and secretary of the board of directors, Michele cultivated and fostered Blue Cross’s relationships with government, community, and business leaders, including ongoing collaboration on healthcare reform. Her wide-ranging areas of oversight included: legal services; government relations; corporate compliance and ethics; enterprise risk management; audit; human resources; corporate communications and corporate social responsibility. Prior to joining the company in 1999, Michele worked as an attorney in private practice with a specialty in healthcare. She holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, an M.P.H. from Boston University School of Public Health and an A.B. with honors from Brown University.
Michele chairs the board of directors of the United Way of Rhode Island, a close community partner of BCBSRI dedicated to improving the lives of Rhode Islanders.
By serving on the board of directors, Michele helps the Free Clinic offer access to high quality healthcare free of charge to the most vulnerable Rhode Islanders.
Michele is a member of the board of directors of RIPEC, a nonpartisan and nonprofit public policy research organization that has been dedicated to advancing fiscally responsible government, competitive tax policies, and economic opportunities for all in Rhode Island for nearly nine decades.
Michele is a member of the board of directors of the Providence Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on creating a downtown environment conducive to growth and sustained investment.