Michele Economou Ureste is the Executive Director for the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN).
Michele comes to WIN with an extensive leadership background in developing training programs in workforce development. At the non-profit trade association formed by the automotive OEMs, Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), she facilitated over a dozen quality management system committees of industry subject matter experts to develop industry guidelines, training programs, and white papers to support the implementation, upon the release, of the QS-9000 and TS 16949 automotive quality system standards. Michele also worked as vice president of a business system training and consulting firm where she created and established Tier 1 corporate universities for supply chain initiatives. She served two 4-year terms as the immediate past West Bloomfield Township Supervisor, by essentially fulfilling the role of a full-time mayor and city manager. While in this position, she achieved the e-Cities award by streamlining the building permit process; received the JCC President’s Club award for collaborating to develop a community-wide job fair; and effectuated a downtown boulevard roadway improvement project, market study, and town center ordinance amendment that transformed the community gateway to include the first hotel in the township, and new development and facade upgrades throughout the business corridor. Michele is married to Matthew Ureste, and they have three teenage children.