Michele Klein Solomon, national of Switzerland and the United States of America, is Regional Director for Central and North America and the Caribbean for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), based in San Jose, Costa Rica. She assumed this position on 31 August 2020. She provides advice to governments in all regions of the world and to regional, intergovernmental and non-governmental entities on a wide range of migration policy matters.
Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Klein Solomon served as the first Director of the newly established Policy Hub in the Office of the Director General at IOM. The Policy Hub is designed to draw together, and deliver, policy knowledge across the Organization. The Hub is a catalyst to promote effective collection, analysis, and exchange of policy-relevant data and knowledge, and to facilitate strategic migration policy advice based on expertise from across IOM.
From 2016-18, she was Director, Global Compact for Migration at IOM, leading IOM’s support to States and partners in the development and implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
From 2014 to 2016, she directed the Secretariat of the state-led Migrants in Countries in Crisis Initiative. Ms. Klein Solomon was IOM’s representative to the United Nations in New York from 2010-2014, and previously was Director of IOM’s Migration Policy and Research Department.
Prior to joining IOM in 2000, she served for 10 years as an Attorney Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. For a majority of that time, she served as the principal refugee and migration lawyer for the Department of State.
Ms. Klein Solomon holds Juris Doctor and Master of Science in Foreign Service degrees from Georgetown University, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University.