CrissCrossGlobal is a communications consultancy singularly focused on developing campaigns and initiatives that strengthen economic, cultural, and social ties between the United States and the rest of the world. We do this by harnessing the collective engagement of institutional and individual game changers around issues and trends shaping an increasingly interconnected world.
What We Do
Campaign design, development and execution
Strategic Partnerships and Coalition Building
Event Strategy and Production
is a global initiative harnessing the power of the arts, media and entertainment, business, education and philanthropy to engage the world in new stories of Africa. The initiative is based at the Lear Center’s Media Impact Project at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
is a campaign aimed at making language proficiency a national priority by raising awareness around the rapidly rising importance of language skills to a wide array of careers—and to our nation’s economy, national security and international standing. Its ultimate goal is to create a new generation of Americans competent in other languages and cultures and fully equipped to compete and succeed in a global economy.
Who We Work With
Non-profits and NGOs
Philanthropists & Business Leaders
US and international Governments
About the Founder
Michelle van Gilder
Michelle is founder of CrissCrossGlobal, a consultancy singularly focused on developing campaigns and initiatives that strengthen engagement between the United States and the rest of the world. She is also founder of The Africa Narrative established in partnership with the University of Southern California’s Norman Lear Center.
A marketing and communications strategist with a deeply rooted belief that a more interconnected world is a better and more prosperous one, Michelle conceives many of the initiatives she spearheads whether it be The Africa Narrative, Lead with Languages, a campaign to strengthen foreign language education in the United States, or Lead with Exports, a campaign aimed at boosting the number of American exporters. In the entertainment space, she is developing a limited documentary series on what Americans think and know about the rest of the world.
Before founding CCG and a previous consultancy, Michelle was vice president at opinion research firm Zogby International where she oversaw the firm’s international practice, providing research and strategic communications strategies for Fortune 500 companies, US and foreign government agencies, NGOs and US and international media.
Michelle received her B.A. in West European Studies from the College of William & Mary. The daughter of a US diplomat, Michelle was born and raised overseas and speaks French and Italian.