Michelle Zook

Lead Economic Researcher, TechLink

Michelle Zook is a senior member of the TechLink economic research team. Previously, she served as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force, flying as an air battle manager with the 960th Airborne Air Control Squadron out of Tinker Air Force Base, OK.  As squadron executive officer and chief of the orderly room, she oversaw all administrative and personnel requirements for an operational line squadron of 300 officers and enlisted personnel in theater critical operations, leading a team of nine airmen in over 30 organizational programs.  Additionally, she served as 552d Operations Group executive officer, working on a team to assist the group commander and four deputy group commanders in leading and directing mission essential operations for 1200 personnel. After leaving the Air Force, she earned her Master of Arts in Public Policy and joined the district staff of then freshman Congressman John Ratcliffe. As his constituent services manager and veterans’ affairs policy lead, she led a casework team for over 100 federal agencies, ensuring the more than 735,000 constituents of Texas’s Fourth District received representation.  In her spare time, she runs, reads too many mystery novels, coaches girls’ lacrosse, yells at the Dallas Stars (particularly Jamie Benn), and takes care of her two children.

Location: Austin, Texas Metropolitan Area