Director of Assessment and Program Improvement, College for Educational Studies, Chapman University

Michelle completed her Ph.D. (2016) at the University of Southern California specializing in the politics of education with a specific focus on equity, policy, finance, leadership, and school-community engagement. Her research grows out of her past work in workforce investment policy and as a public school and university educator, and examines the ways in which power and politics affect and are affected by education reform policies. Her most recent research focuses on the role of local democratic engagement in statewide finance and accountability reforms in California. Michelle has been an active researcher with Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) since 2012, contributing to the development and analysis of annual voter polls and policy briefs. Under the auspices of PACE, Michelle was a member of a statewide research team documenting the impact and early implementation the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in California. Michelle has taught at Teachers College at Columbia University and is currently teaching, advising, and is the Director of Assessment and Program Improvement at Attallah College for Educational Studies at Chapman University.