Principal, President and CEO
Michelle Hayes is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cloudburst Group headquartered in Landover, MD. Ms. Hayes provides vision and leadership for long term strategy development and short term execution through oversight of Cloudburst’s programs, personnel, business development and client relations for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and a growing portfolio of State, local, and private sector clients. During0 her tenure with the company, Ms. Hayes has contributed significantly to Cloudbursts growth, expanding into new markets while maintaining the integrity of a top performing small business.
Named as Executive Vice President in 2013, Ms. Hayes has nurtured a culture at Cloudburst built on integrity, respect, excellence and innovation that attracts passionate professionals to work collaboratively with our clients to find solutions of lasting impact that result in tangible benefits for the populations and programs we serve.
With over 25 years of experience and a leader in applied research and data driven planning, Ms. Hayes has served as a national expert and policy advisor to Federal, State and local governments and non-profit providers on uses of social service data for policy, planning, research, and evaluation. She is a skilled facilitator that can work at high levels of government involving senior leadership, political appointees, elected officials, and with the private sector, non-profit sector, and consumer participation to tackle challenging problems or to develop strategic plans. She is also a trained evaluator and specializes in translating research findings and analysis into policy recommendations, programmatic improvements, and better client and service-provider outcomes.
Ms. Hayes has a M.A. in Applied Sociology from the University of Massachusetts and is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
In Her Own Words
“It is the passion, intellect, and commitment of our staff that informs the strategic direction of Cloudburst.”