Dr. Michelle Miller-Adams is the author of three books and an expert on community-building and economic development. She received her Ph.D. in political science and her masters in international affairs from Columbia University, and her B.A. in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara graduating Phi Beta Kappa. Her professional career has spanned the fields of nonprofit management, finance, research, and academia; positions have included consultant to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, vice president for programs at the Twentieth Century Fund (now the Century Foundation), and vice president for research at a Wall Street investment bank.
Miller-Adams was the principal investigator for a Ford Foundation-sponsored research project concerning asset-based strategies for fighting poverty, a project that resulted in the publication of Owning Up: Poverty, Assets, and the American Dream (Brookings Institution Press, 2002). She is currently a research fellow at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, where she wrote The Power of a Promise: Education and Economic Renewal in Kalamazoo (Upjohn Institute, 2009), and an associate professor of political science at Grand Valley State University. She resides in Kalamazoo with her daughter.