Michelle Chenn was introduced to the positive impact of economic development while working at the University of Pittsburgh. In her role as Government Compliance Administrator, she contributed to the Joint Economic Development partnership between Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. This collaborative effort produced projects like the City of Pittsburgh’s PowerUp Initiative which provided mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Michelle believes that investing in small businesses has a profound effect on the success and sustainability of their communities. Ms. Chenn began her financial services career as Asset Manager for the Northside Community Development Fund. She provided risk and loan portfolio management, spearheaded yearly projects and was responsible for annual capital campaigns. After years of contributing to the NSCDF, Michelle founded Axiom to extend that mission tinitially in Allegheny County with a goal to expand to other target.


Michelle Chenn, Founder & CEO