NMSDC President (1988 - 2010)
After 22 years, Harriet R. Michel retired as president of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) in 2010. She is now the principal in the business advisory firm HR Michel, LLC, providing services to small businesses and corporations.
Ms. Michel is a noted administrator and public policy expert on minority issues. She has worked for 50 years in the public sector developing and managing programs that address major social concerns.
Before joining NMSDC in September 1988, Ms. Michel was a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where she taught a course on politics and public policy issues and wrote about Black leadership.
From 1983 to February 1988, Ms. Michel was president and chief executive officer of the New York Urban League. As chief administrator, she was responsible for services provided to over 70,000 New Yorkers annually through more than 20 programs in education, employment, health/social services and housing.
From 1977 to 1979, Ms. Michel was director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Community Youth Employment Programs/CETA in Washington, D.C., where she supervised the allocation of $2 billion for employment and training programs.
As executive director of the New York Foundation from 1972 to 1977, Ms. Michel was the first Black woman to head a major foundation. She is a founding member of the Association of Black Foundation Executives and has been a board member of the Council on Foundations.
While serving as an assistant to New York Mayor John Lindsay in 1971-1972, Ms. Michel helped coordinate the anti-drug efforts of the city’s public agencies.
Ms. Michel has been the recipient of many awards throughout her career. In recent years these awards and citations have included a Lifetime Achievement Award from the U. S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency; making Black Enterprise Magazine’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Black Women in Business, as featured in the February 2006 issue; the 2005 Inaugural Inductee to the Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum; 2005 Compass Award; The Women’s Leadership Exchange; the 2004 National Inner City Leadership Award from the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City; 2004 Lifetime Service Achievement Award during Asian Enterprise’s 10th anniversary gala; 2004 Hall of Fame award from Enterprising Women magazine; the inaugural Champion Award during the 2003 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference; 2003 Alvaro Martins Heritage Award from the Executive Leadership Council; 2003 Ronald H. Brown Leadership Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency; 2002 Building Bridges Award from the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and the Pioneer Award from Minority Business News USA/ Billion Dollar Roundtable.
Ms. Michel holds two honorary Phd’s one from Baruch College (CUNY) and her alma mater, Juanita College. She currently serves on the board of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ) and is a member of the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.