As the Climate Innovation Program Manager, Michelle helps MSC to transform our larger cultural, political and physical infrastructure in ways that enhance health, the environment, social justice, culture, and beauty.
Michelle brings over 20 years of experience uniting the fields of sustainability, justice, culture, nature, and art. Michelle comes to MSC from University of Colorado Boulder’s Environmental Center where she was the Assistant Director for Energy and Climate Justice. There she managed student and staff-run programming, founded the “FLOWS” program, advocated for equitable policies and engagement within the climate sphere and with local governments, co-founded the Just Transition Collaborative, and taught permaculture design. She is a former US State Department BoldFood fellow (Uganda) focused on sustainable urban agriculture, and served as a delegate for the Colorado River in San Luis del Rio Colorado, Mexico. She is the founder of Candelas Glows, raising awareness about the dangers of Rocky Flats—a local nuclear superfund site turned “wildlife refuge.”
Michelle serves on the leadership council for Frontline Farming, a food justice organization in Denver, CO. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology (with additional concentrations in International Development and Urban Studies) from Colorado College. Seeking eco-cultural regeneration, she is a facilitator and alternative educator, project instigator, multi-ethnic poet, wife, and mother of three.