Michelle Arnold

Senior Policy Analyst

Michelle Arnold is a Senior Policy Analyst at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Arnold works with jurisdictions in Illinois and Maryland to conduct process evaluations, implement system reforms, and leverage organizational strengths. Using integrated scientific research, real-world experience, and policy expertise, she collaborates with public and private agency leaders to create positive change in the lives of children and families.

During her extensive career, Arnold has worked to improve outcomes for the most vulnerable youth and families in Illinois by promoting trauma-informed policies and practices into the service delivery infrastructure. Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Arnold served as the Chief Operating Officer at the Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY), where she directed youth development and juvenile justice-related capacity building activities, ICOY’s child welfare independent living program, and the organization’s operational functions. Arnold also oversaw ICOY’s Trauma-Informed Youth Service Initiative, which focused on building a trauma-informed youth services system in Illinois by providing training and technical assistance for private child- and youth-serving organizations. At Voices for Illinois Children, Arnold partnered with the state’s public and private child welfare agencies to execute the statewide Foster Kids Are Our Kids campaign. The research-informed campaign utilized mainstream and social media marketing to promote positive messaging aimed at reducing the stigma associated with foster care and to support both young people in care and those who care for them.

Arnold earned a certificate of business administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in social work from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Certificate of Business Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago

Master of Social Work, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Bachelor of Social Work, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign