As VP of Programs at Friends of the Earth-U.S., Michelle Chan plays a crucial role in leading program and campaign planning and developing major organizational strategies at a time when FOE prepares to take bolder strides toward its economic, racial and environmental justice goals. Previously, she led the Economic Policy team at FOE, which works to reform international trade rules, get money out of politics, green U.S. tax and budget policy, and promote sustainable finance policies at public and private financial institutions. She is the founder of BankTrack, an international NGO advocacy organization dedicated to advancing sustainability in the finance sector, and founded the Corporate Sunshine Working Group, an alliance of investors and environmentalists which worked for improved corporate social disclosure requirements at the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Michelle is currently the Vice President of the Board of Amazon Watch and has served on the boards of Ceres, the Council for Responsible Public Investment, the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment; and was a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Advisory Committee. In 2002. she received the Social Investment Forum’s Service Award for outstanding contributions to the field of socially responsible investing. She graduated from the Division of Honors with degrees in Economics, Development Studies, and Geography from the University of California at Los Angeles.