Michelle Armstrong

Principal
New York

Ms. Armstrong is a Principal and Head of Philanthropy in the Ares Human Resources Department and is a member of the Ares Diversity and Inclusion Council. Prior to joining Ares in 2021, Ms. Armstrong was a Manager at the Project Management Institute (PMI), where she led partner engagement and philanthropic investments for the PMI Educational Foundation to advance key priorities in youth and education, nonprofit capacity building and workforce readiness globally. Previously, Ms. Armstrong was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, where she specialized in venture philanthropy and high-engagement giving to ensure the educational attainment of less advantaged youth and to broker school and community partnerships in under-resourced settings. In addition, Ms. Armstrong was a Manager at MetLife, where she developed and executed strategies for aligned giving and involvement for both its foundation and corporate social responsibility initiatives and worked as a Researcher at the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools & Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University and Center for Children and Technology, a division of Education Development Center, Inc. Ms. Armstrong holds an A.B. from Harvard University in Anthropology and an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University in Sociology and Education with a concentration in Educational Policy.