Michele Piercey is an international development practitioner with 17 years of experience, including 10 years of long term field assignments on stabilization, political transition and counter-violent extremism (CVE) programs in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Tunisia. Ms. Piercey currently serves as the senior vice president of the Strategic Solutions and Communications Division at Chemonics. Previously, she was the director of the Peace, Stability, and Transition practice, where she led industry outreach on CVE, stability and conflict assistance, supported new business efforts, and provided technical support to projects. Prior to Chemonics, Ms. Piercey served as chief of party on USAID/OTI projects in fragile and conflict affected states. Early in her career, after corporate change management posts with the Australian Department of Defense, she worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on small-scale community engagement projects across Iraq. Ms. Piercey holds a B.A. in political science from the Australian National University.