Michelle Burgess, Southeast Program Director. Michelle Burgess joins IGNITE with over 11 years in education and nonprofit experience. As a native Houstonian, Michelle is excited to support work both locally and across the Southeast Region specifically in empowering young women. Prior to joining the IGNITE team, Michelle most recently led the Talent Acquisition Team at YES Prep Public Schools and oversaw all recruiting and hiring for a charter management organization serving over 12,000 students. Additionally, Michelle has worked for Education Pioneers leading programming across the Southern Region and working with high school students in a college access program called Genesys Works. Michelle graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in English and lives in Houston with her adorable pup, Millie, and crazy cat, Chloe. You can reach Michelle at michelle@IGNITEnational.org.