Audience in Lecture








The Campaign for College Opportunity


As president for the Campaign for College Opportunity, Michele is an advocate who works to expand college access and success for California students by raising public attention to the critical challenges facing students in our community colleges and universities, mobilizing a broad coalition of supporters, and influencing policymakers. In her 15 years at the Campaign for College Opportunity (11 as president), she has built a strong, independent, and influential organization by raising over $19 million dollars, assembling a team of experts and leaders in the field, championing major budget appropriations, securing historic higher education legislation, and establishing a broad and influential network of over 12,000 coalition supporters.

Michele serves on the boards of the Alliance for a Better Community, the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, Community Coalition, Pitzer College Board of Trustees, the Public Policy Institute of California Strategic Leadership Council, and the UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative. In 2019 she was appointed to the Student Centered Funding Formula Oversight Committee. Michele previously served on the California Student Aid Commission.

Michele was the first in her family to graduate from college thanks to many mentors, caring faculty, and critical federal, state, and college financial aid. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political studies with honors in Chicano/a studies from Pitzer College and a Master of Arts in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Michele is passionate about the power of college to change lives, and the ability of policy making to expand college opportunity for others.