Meet Our Team
Michelle Sims – Chief Executive Officer
Michelle is a dynamic executive who has led staffing and human resource teams nationally. Prior to taking on the role of CEO in March, 2020, Michelle served on the YUPRO Board of Directors and now is excited to bring together her passion for helping others and building collaborative teams to this socially driven mission of both YUPRO and Year Up. Michelle’s early experience in meeting needs for the underserved started in operations of a nationally acclaimed after-school program for under-privileged and latchkey youth. Fast forward many years, and as her career progressed, Michelle also taught and mentored students for 17 years in the Houston Community College system. Michelle experienced firsthand the impact that both an individual has, and a socially responsible organization has in making a difference in shaping children, families, and a community toward economic stability.
Michelle shares, “Today, our commitment to place Opportunity Talent is far stronger than we ever imagined as we see and feel the daily impact as our talent experience layoffs, unemployment, social unrest, and mental stress. Our team has an unwavering desire to serve our talent, coach and support them, and place them throughout their career. Our mission to close the Opportunity Divide doesn’t seem enough, but instead to build on positive, social impact where our clients, workforce development partners and industry leaders come together for equality, where the underserved rise, and a new economic foundation emerges.”