Michele Kessler is the Director of Community Relations at The Kessler Group and Co-founder and Director of the Kessler Family Foundation. Michele is a member of the Women’s Health Leadership Forum at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as a member of the President’s Advisory Council. She also serves on the Board of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where she co-chaired the Visiting Committee for Gastrointestinal cancers. She is the co-chair of the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Leadership Council for Psychiatry and the Global Ambassador of the Measles Initiative for the American Red Cross.
Michele is the Chairman of the Board of the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society and co-chair of South Florida PBS. She serves on the executive committee of The American Ireland Fund, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Civic Association and the Palm Beach Police Foundation. She is also on the board of the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, the Ayenda Foundation, the Global Health Advisory Council at Harvard Medical School and the Town of Palm Beach United Way. She was formerly Honorary Consulate of Monaco in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In 2017, Michele received the United Way Distinguished Citizen Award. In 2013, she received the Jack Connors, Jr. Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. In 2012, she received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the American Red Cross’s Life Time Achievement Award and the Palm Tree Award from the Palm Beach Police Foundation for Community Service. She was honored in 2009 by Massachusetts General Hospital with the Leadership Award by the Chief of Psychiatry and with the 2009 American Red Cross International Leadership Award and the 2009 American Ireland Fund Humanitarian Award. In 2007, she received the Women of Distinction Award by Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Michele and Howard Kessler have two sons and four grandchildren. The Kesslers divide their time between their homes in Palm Beach, Boston and Osterville, Massachusetts.