Community Partnerships and Planning Manager
Michelle focuses on community engagement, planning, and strategy for two open space committees and nearly a dozen groups championing public space projects in the South Park and Georgetown neighborhoods. She has spent her career facilitating cross-cultural and community-based leadership to enhance civic engagement, promote food justice, and improve access to safe places to play. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington, and earned certificates in nonprofit management and international development. A Seattle resident since 2001, Michelle has been bravely bike commuting after a 16-year hiatus, using the city’s improving bike lane system, and she takes refuge in natural spaces outside of the city—hiking, camping, kayaking, and skiing. She can also be found on the sidelines of Seattle’s many athletic fields and wooded parks, cheering on her kids in soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, and cross-country running.