THE TIME HAS COME FOR
"homelessness is not a problem that will go away
until we finally attack it head on and address the REAL underlying issues. "One size fits all"...doesn't work."
For over 12 years, Michele served as executive director of Saint John's Program for Real Change, transforming what was once an ordinary 30-day emergency shelter into a robust, comprehensive, 18-month program supporting homeless women and children in their battle to overcome the very root of the ongoing cycle of poverty. She worked tirelessly to incorporate, not just a roof over their heads, but mental health services, educational assistance, and extensive hands-on employment training in an effort to bring about real and lasting change.
In 2012, Michele was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the Board of California’s Prison Industry Authority. Her passion for helping those trying to gain a solid foothold and re-enter society quickly led her down a broader path, becoming an outspoken voice in the face of the growing crisis of poverty and homelessness in California. Serving on the Policy Board to End Homelessness, she led the effort launching numerous programs such as Sacramento Steps Forward and the Stepping Stone Task Force.
For her undying commitment and exemplary work, she has been honored with the Martin Luther King Jr. Difference Maker Award, recognized as a Regional Social Equity Leader, Women Who Mean Business Award, Non-Profit Visionary of the Year Award, Sacramento's People of the Year Award, and the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s Al Geiger Memorial Award. In 2013, Congresswoman Matsui presented Michele with the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus Allied Professional Award for her work as a victim’s advocate. She was also named one of the Top Execs of 2013 by Sacramento Business Journal. In 2014, she was named Woman of the Year by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson for District 7she was named one of the Top Execs of 2013 (Sacramento Business Journal) and in 2014 was named Woman of the Year by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson for District 7. In 2015, she received the Women Helping Women Award from Soroptimist International and in 2016 was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from APSEA’s Navigating Leadership Program. She is the recipient of the prestigious Santa Clara University Ignatian Award and most recently was recognized with the 2019 Community Service award from the American Society for Public Administration.
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS NOW AVAILABLE
Celebrated keynote speaker and
co-author of the upcoming book "Answers Behind the RED DOOR," Michele wakes up the audience.
With an impressive and entertaining approach, she provides fresh insights and staggering realities with a sense of humility and genuine hope...and a message that we truly can create a better tomorrow for those in need, for our nation, and for the world at large.
THE RED DOOR
NOW AVAILABLE !