Michelle Sternthal, PhD, is the Director of Government Affairs at Community Catalyst. In this role, Dr. Sternthal oversees Community Catalyst’s strategic engagement with Congress, the Executive Branch, and with national partners and coalitions focused on federal policy advocacy work.

Previously, Dr. Sternthal served as Managing Director of Advocacy and Policy at Roosevelt Institute, where she led the think tank’s policy and advocacy outreach to Congress and allies. She also served as Policy Director for the Main Street Alliance, where she leveraged the voices of small businesses to preserve the ACA, and as Deputy Director of Federal Affairs for the March of Dimes.

Dr. Sternthal received a doctorate in public policy and sociology from the University of Michigan and a post-doctorate degree in social epidemiology from Harvard University. She is proud to live in Washington, D.C. with her partner and three children.