Michelle Avallone

Roles and Responsibilities

Michelle Avallone is the Director of Export Controls & International Engagement. Her work focuses on matters relating to U.S. export controls and economic sanctions regulations, anti-corruption regulations as well as other international research issues.


Before joining Columbia in 2013, Ms. Avallone was a government contracts attorney at Crowell & Moring LLP.  She later founded a solo practice focusing on government contracts and export controls for tech startups.  Ms. Avallone graduated from Columbia Law School in 2006. Prior to law school, she received an M.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.  Ms. Avallone has been a member of the U.S. State Department’s Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG) since 2014.