As per June 1st 2019, Michèle Russel-Capriles was appointed Acting Governor of Curaçao on the recommendation of the Council of Ministers of Curaçao and with the approval of the Council of Ministers for the Kingdom.

Mrs. Russel-Capriles was born in Curaçao on 29 October 1968 and is married to Omar A. Russel and the couple have 2 children. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in the field of International Relations with a special interest in refugee affairs. Upon her return to the island she worked for a few years in the family business after which she entered politics and served as an elected Senator in the Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles from 1994 to 1998.

Since then Mrs. Russel-Capriles has dedicated her efforts voluntarily primarily in the fields of arts, culture and healthcare, while serving on the boards of several non-profit and business organizations. For 15 years she served with the Prins Bernhard Cultural Fund for the Caribbean region, the final seven years as its chair. In addition, Mrs. Russel-Capriles has organized many historical and/or art exhibitions and works as a visual artist.