Michelle François

Senior Director, Compassionate Education Systems
Portrait photograph of Michelle François

Michelle François leads National Center for Youth Law's Compassionate Education Systems Initiative to ensure that all young people experience compassion, love and respect in their day to day lives at school, feel welcome in their school communities, are supported to thrive in school, and are afforded respect and opportunity to express their values, perspectives and preferences in educational decision making.

Michelle has more than 20 years experience working at the intersection of child welfare, education, higher education and community building and previously leading a California based initiative called Education Equals, to improve education outcomes for young people in foster care, at the Stuart Foundation.

Michelle is a people loving introvert, her superpower is finding out what is uniquely awesome about others.  She loves spending time outdoors in all of its majestic forms, playing board games with good friends, making frequent visits to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and laughing.