Michelle Powers

Chief of Staff

San Diego, CA


Michelle joins the Growth Axis team with experience and skills in relationship building, business development, talent management, nonprofit fundraising, and program development. She believes that investing in the learning and development of your talent is not optional: it is essential. And we love how she’s already shown us her intellectual curiosity, a proactive attitude, and a passion for cultivating authentic engagement.

Michelle moved to California 12+ years ago to accept a program management role with a consulting company where she recruited, hired, onboarded, trained, developed, and partnered with her team in building a positive internal culture. This role introduced her to the world of talent and leadership development and thus set her on the winding path that led her to this incredible opportunity with Growth Axis.

As a self-described “aggressive learner,” Michelle has a certificate in Leadership and Management from U.C. Berkeley Extension; an MA/MBA from JFK University; and a BA in Psychology and Art History from Clark University. She also participates regularly in learning opportunities from organizations such as SHRM, ATD, and Human Capital Institute.

Michelle and her family live in San Diego — and she’s also lived in central Massachusetts, the Boston area, and multiple cities in the Bay Area. Having grown up 40 minutes outside of NYC, she’s continuously on the relentless pursuit of good bagels 🙂 In her spare time, Michelle loves to visit with family, travel to new countries to drink wine, and make elaborate vegetarian meals.