Michelle was born and raised in North Carolina. She pursued her higher education at UNC Chapel Hill where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies, with a concentration in economics, trade, and development, and a minor in music. Identifying as first generation Peruvian-American, Michelle’s area of study while at UNC was Latin America. She credits her time studying in Ireland and volunteering in Costa Rica for how she was shaped both personally and professionally during her undergraduate time. She continued her educational experience as a Fellow at Student Action with Farmworkers, a non-profit organization in Durham, NC. Since February of 2017, Michelle continues to spend her time at the Council working with Partners in Health and Wholeness. She seeks to listen, learn from, and empower all communities of NC to pursue a just future for all beings on earth. In her downtime Michelle loves to travel and sing in a barbershop chorus.