Founder of Ivanhoe Development, Michele’s specific areas of focus during her ten+ years as a nonprofit professional have been food sovereignty, food justice, homelessness, and at-risk youth. Michele has worked closely with senior leadership teams to create annual development plans, write private and publicly funded grants, and evaluate and design efficient programming. Her comprehensive approach begins with a thorough analysis of an organization’s  current grant systems and  capacity, before working to build the infrastructure needed to support a rich and diverse finance portfolio.

Michele always looks for avenues to stay aware of current trends and strives to improve her own work by serving as a grant request reviewer for other organizations. She has served in this role for funders including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, State of Minnesota Office of Justice, Minneapolis Foundation, and the Minnesota Department of Health.

Passionate about systems change, she jumped at the chance to become involved with FFEN as a board member. Michele views her upcoming work at FFEN “as an opportunity to advocate for culturally relevant food provision and hunger relief to communities across Minnesota. She believes in building sustainable, efficient food shelves to serve those most in need.”

Michele holds a Master of Development degree from University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a B.A in Political Science & International Affairs from University of Maine, Honors College.

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