Michelle is a PPS product who graduated from Metropolitan Learning Center. Her mother and grandmother retired from positions at PPS's Martin Luther King Jr. School, and her sister and niece currently work in the district. Her two sons both graduated from Benson High School.
Michelle works as Community Engagement and Policy Coordinator for the City of Portland Housing Bureau. She is a graduate of Portland State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Community Development, and serves on the boards of the Community Energy Project, Oregon Native American Chamber of Commerce and Off the Sideline, which helps low-income youth gain scholarships to participate in team sports.