Michele Crymes

Deputy Director, Anti-Corruption & Governance Center

Michele Crymes is the Deputy Director, ACGC with the Anti-Corruption & Governance Center, where she works on a variety of global transparency and integrity initiatives. The Center focuses on developing nimble, evidence-based anti-corruption programming for countries with new, pro-reform leadership. Crymes plays an integral role in a pioneering approach to corporate compliance that supports companies seeking to manage corruption, labor, and environmental responsibilities and liabilities. 

Prior to joining CIPE, Crymes worked as an investigative attorney ensuring U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practice Act compliance for multinational companies based in Mexico, Brazil, and Peru. Crymes also developed rule of law and human rights programming in the Philippines, Fiji, and Vietnam as a Program Manager with the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative. She has a strong democracy and rule of law background and has experience supporting the rule of law in Colombia, East Timor, and Central America. 

She is a member of bar association in Wisconsin and the District of Colombia. She is a member of the US Supreme Court Bar association and holds a JD from Wisconsin Law School, as well as an MA in International Relations & Politics from Marquette University.