Michele DesAutels works for the First Coast Guard District in the Maritime Energy and Marine Planning Branch of the Prevention Division. She joined the Coast Guard after time as a Renewable Energy Program Specialist in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Renewable Energy Program. She was appointed as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) at the US Department of Energy Wind Program, leading their stakeholder engagement initiative, Wind Powering America. During her fellowship, Michele detailed as the Wind Program Lead at the Washington Office of the Bureau of Land Management. Prior to being selected as a PMF, Michele earned a dual Master’s at UMass Amherst, an MPPA in the Center for Public Policy and Administration and an MBA in the Isenberg School of Management. Michele’s professional experience before attending UMass includes 5 years at Microsoft, both in the Corporate Headquarters and New England Field Offices in roles ranging from Program and Business management to Relationship Marketing to over 200 enterprise organizations. Additionally, Michele worked for 3 years at Level 3 Communications, a large Telecommunications located in Broomfield, CO, where she also raised through the ranks from startup to full fledged company in the Engineering Department, with her departure as Chief of Staff to the CTO. Michele spent two years at MIT creating their Professional Learning Center, a computer and classroom based facility that became the epicenter for their Re-engineering effort. Finally, Michele started her public service career in the US Peace Corps as a Women’s Small Business Development Volunteer in Uzbekistan after graduating from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.