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Michelle Popowitz Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research & Co-Founder, UCLA Grand Challenges at UCLA


Michelle Popowitz started working at UCLA in 2001. In 2012, she and former colleague, Jill Reddell, piloted a program to catalyze team research that blossomed into the campus-wide UCLA Grand Challenges initiative. UCLA has two Grand Challenges. Michelle speaks often about pursuing moonshots at UCLA, as UCLA was the first campus to commit to solve specific Grand Challenge goals. Michelle is passionate about universities demonstrating their impact. In 2017, she co-authored the Report on University-Led Grand Challenges. Prior to joining UCLA, Michelle worked as a transactional attorney and in hospital administration.

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