Michele L. Watley
Michele L. Watley is the founder and owner of The Griot Group LLC, a strategic communications and political advocacy consulting practice. Michele has been honored by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) with the 40 under 40 award, and was named one of Campaign & Election’s Rising Stars for 2017. She is the first Black and the first female operative to be honored with both national awards in the same year. Michele has substantive experience representing issues and candidates as the state level in Kansas and Missouri. She also served as the National African American Outreach Political Director for Bernie 2016.