Program Coordinator, GrizzlyCorps, Project Climate
Michelle is the Program Coordinator for GrizzlyCorps, a new AmeriCorps program within Project Climate and the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at large. GrizzlyCorps aims to create localized, community-centered solutions to the changing climate by sending recent graduates to areas based in agricultural and forestry projects all over the state.
Hoping to translate theory into policy and practice, Michelle’s experience revolves around working directly with traditionally underserved individuals and communities of color to bridge the gap between lived experiences and policy that fails to reflect the complexities of society on a universal scale. Prior to CLEE, she was a member of AmeriCorps NCCC, where she traveled around the country working in dedicated pursuit of localized projects with focuses on urban development, environmental conservation, disaster relief, and food insecurity in rural areas. Michelle has also spent time in Human Resources at the Department of Defense and has experience in social work at a small non-profit, which subsequently trained her in crisis de-escalation, conflict mediation, and trauma-informed care. This experience uniquely equips her to communicate with clients, supervisors, and stakeholders at both organizational and individual levels. A graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz, Michelle double majored in Politics and Sociology with an emphasis on political theory.
B.A., UC Santa Cruz