As the Director of Member Relations and Resource Development, Michelle is your liaison for membership and sponsorship questions. Michelle is passionate about expanding opportunities, improving communities, addressing basic needs – and being part of an organization nurturing philanthropy’s important role in her home state.
Prior to joining the Wisconsin Philanthropy Network, Michelle worked in development in health care, non-profits, and higher education in urban, suburban and rural communities across Wisconsin. From West Central Wisconsin to Dane County, suburban southeastern Wisconsin, and inner city Milwaukee, she has partnered with stakeholders to advance positive change. Most recently as a Development Officer at Community Memorial Foundation, she supported the free Community Outreach Clinic in Menomonee Falls. She has also helped grow student success programs in higher education, supported neighborhood safety and community-police relations, and advanced programs and innovative initiatives in workforce development.
As an Americorps*VISTA alum, Michelle enjoys volunteering and community service projects. She is a 2018 graduate of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County’s Project LEAD class, past City Year of Milwaukee Advisory Board member, Artworks Career Coach and volunteer. Today most of her volunteer time is dedicated to her daughter’s school.
Michelle earned a Master’s Degree in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As a lifelong learner, she has taken graduate courses in business administration at Mount Mary University and recently completed a Fund Development Certificate Program offered by the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Non-profit Center of Milwaukee.