Michele is a nonprofit leader, writer, and mom who lives in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Through her work as Rural Program Director at Springboard for the Arts, she travels across the state and country working with rural leaders on creative community development initiatives. Her writing on rural advocacy has been featured in multiple publications, including the New York Times, and she is internationally known for standing up for her community after co-writing a rebuttal to a German journalist’s fabricated portrayal of Fergus Falls in Der Spiegel Magazine.
Michele is running for State Senate to ensure that working families in her rural district have access to strong education and childcare, healthcare that works, and living wage jobs. She is also passionate about racial equity and environmental stewardship.