Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1996. She then focused her organizing efforts towards improving the lives of Louisiana children and families who were victims of abuse.
Michelle initiated the start up of a private non-profit Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) in South Louisiana to coordinate the efforts of community organizations, state agencies, and law enforcement officials to holistically serve the best interests of abused children in Louisiana.
Michelle’s tactical and management expertise was key to the development and expansion of the CAC throughout the 21st Judicial District.
With the successful CAC up and running in Louisiana, Michelle set her sights on Washington, DC, where she earned a Master of Arts degree in Political Management from The George Washington University.
In 1998, she joined the staff of Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA) as a Legislative Correspondent where she handled children’s issues, health care, agriculture, and transportation issues.
In 2000, Michelle joined the staff of Legislative Demographic Services in Arlington, Virginia, as a Senior Account Executive managing grassroots outreach for Fortune 50 corporations, responsible for the concept, design and implementation of grassroots mobilizations on critical issues.
During this time, Michelle was also a Professor at the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, teaching “Grassroots Politics.”
In October of 2002, Michelle decided it was time to move back to Louisiana and begin working for the best interests of children in her home state. She owns and operates a public affairs firm, Prism Solutions, L.L.C., working with state associations, state agencies, and the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, with a primary focus on improving the lives of Louisiana’s children and families.
In 2008, Michelle accepted a position with the Louisiana District Attorneys Association (LDAA) handling all juvenile matters. The following year, the state juvenile justice agency, in coordination with LDAA, recruited Michelle into the Deputy Assistant Secretary position, an executive leadership role in the agency. As Michelle began working with LDAA, she was accepted into the Southern University Law Center’s evening program.
Most of Michelle’s career has centered on advocating for children and families in various capacities. Michelle has been working within the legal community and law making bodies for several years, ultimately leading to her decision to attend law school. This experience has only strengthened her commitment to continue working for children and families who touch the legal system.
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