Michelle is a committed and accomplished public servant with a diverse background and a solid commitment to serving her community. As the daughter of a Peruvian immigrant father and a mother from Puerto Rico, she deeply understands the challenges and opportunities that immigrant communities face. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland.
Michelle began her public service career as Chief of Staff to State Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk. Then she worked on Attorney General Anthony Brown's campaign for Governor, as a Field Director on Congressman Ben Cardin's re-election campaign, and as a Community Liaison for State Senator Jim Rosapepe. She is an EMERGE Maryland graduate.
Michelle was elected to the Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee in 2018 and re-elected in 2022.
Since 2019, she has served as Chief of Staff to Prince George's County Council Member Tom Dernoga. Michelle is a founding member and current Vice Chairperson for the Latino Democrats of Prince George's County.
In addition to her professional roles, Michelle is dedicated to mentorship and leadership development, having served as a National Council Delegate for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital and as the first Executive Director of the
Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus. In 2023, Michelle joined the steering committee for Maryland Latinos Unidos,
an associate program of Maryland Nonprofits. In her spare time, she regularly fosters dogs through Lu's Labs.
Michelle currently resides in Beltsville with her daughter.