Michelle is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of TOP. She is a 4th generation Tejana, born and raised in a low-income neighborhood in San Antonio. After attending Stanford University, Michelle dedicated herself to fighting for racial and economic justice and returned to her native San Antonio where she worked for ACORN, serving in various capacities including: San Antonio Head Organizer, Texas Legislative Director, and Texas Deputy Director.
Michelle has nearly two decades of community organizing experience. She is responsible for raising a multi-million dollar budget and developing TOP’s overall strategy to create and win on our economic and racial justice policy agenda in Texas’ 3 largest metro areas, including our recent statewide response to push back against racial profiling state law SB4 and passage of a Paid Sick Leave ordinance in San Antonio.
She was also the founding Director of Public Allies San Antonio, an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides leadership training for young adults who want to pursue careers as non-profit leaders.