Program Manager, Breathe Project
Michele is the Program Manager at the Breathe Project where she supports strategic campaigns to protect communities from air pollution, gas drilling and petrochemical development. She has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including work on campaigns and policies to protect U.S. farmland, the Florida Everglades and Gulf Coast, air and water quality and endangered wildlife. She has a deep commitment to environmental justice and building a clean energy economy. Michele co-authored The Challenge of the Environmental City: A Pittsburgh Case Study, a chapter in the book Toward Sustainable Communities(MIT Press), and her work has been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Naples Daily News, the Philadelphia Enquirer, GoWorldTravel, American Birding and NEXTpittsburgh.
Michele has a BA in Journalism from Ohio State University and a Master’s in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. During graduate school, Michele worked in Kenya on a USAID project to improve nutrition and decrease childhood mortality, and improve the economic status of women. She remains deeply committed to women’s issues and access to healthy food in all communities.
Michele serves on the Board of Directors of the Climate Institute, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, P3R/Pittsburgh Marathon, Friends of the Riverfront and FracTracker Alliance. Michele can often be found running the trails or paddling the rivers around Pittsburgh.