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Michelle Kay Garvey

Michelle has been with J Crew since 2016, where she has been Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, and Deputy Chief Transformation Officer. She graduated from Cornell with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1979, and continued at Cornell to earn her MBA in 1981.

After starting her career with Andersen Consulting, Michelle has focused on information technology roles with such iconic retailers as Brooks Brothers, Crate and Barrel, and Ann Taylor.

2018 Industry honors include being named by CIO Magazine to the CIO Hall of Fame and being named one of the Top 10 Women in Retail Tech by Chain Store Age Magazine. She is a member of the CNBC Technology Executive Council, and was named an HMG Strategy "Top Executive to Watch" for 2019.

Michelle is an active board member of the Fairfield County Community Foundation, working to make Fairfield County (CT) an ever more vital and inclusive community where every person has the opportunity to thrive. She is a past board chair of the Unitarian Church in Westport, and a past treasurer and board member of the Wonderland Wizards Youth Hockey organization. She is active in causes encouraging STEM careers for girls and diversity in the workplace.

Staying in Ithaca to pursue her MBA proved critical, as that is where she met her future husband, Luke Garvey (MBA ‘82). They married after his graduation, had their wedding reception at the Cornell Club in New York City, and root for Cornell Hockey (and the NY Rangers) through thick and thin.  After a distinguished career in health care technology, Luke changed careers and now works as a psychotherapist in private practice. Michelle and Luke live in Westport, CT, and their two adult children live nearby in Connecticut.