Director, Educational Initiatives
As Director of Education Initiatives, Michelle collaborates with community partners to ensure every San Diego student can achieve their aspiration of a post-secondary education. She also formerly served in the capacities of, Community Impact Director and Community Scholars Initiative Manager at The San Diego Foundation. In her time as an independent consultant Michelle worked with leading local and national nonprofit and foundation clients to design equity-centered program and grantmaking strategies. She previously served as Director of Communications for the San Diego Housing Federation where she led advocacy efforts around affordable housing and sustainable land-use policies. As Director of Programs for the U.S.-Mexico Philanthropy Partnership, she supported a binational network of 21 community foundations working to build philanthropy and community leadership in the borderlands. She serves on the National Board of Advisors for Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), and Leadership Council Member of the Latina Giving Circle of San Diego.
Michelle is a 2016 Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities PLACES Fellow and a 2014 Hispanas Organized for Political Equality Leadership Institute graduate. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego.