Michaela is an organizer and dancer in a process of personal and collective healing. She grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and first became involved with organizing in college through her work on two fossil fuel divestment campaigns at Fort Lewis College and Northern Arizona University.
The highlight of her college experience was coordinating a five-day sit-in for fossil fuel divestment, which mobilized hundreds of students on her campus, put effective pressure on the college President, and landed her and another leader on Democracy Now! Throughout college, Michaela was also engaged with 350.org, from being a fellow in the Fossil Free Fellowship to being a mentor in their Training Corp Program. She has played multiple roles in the Divestment Student Network, including being the co-founder of the Southwest Divestment Network as a regional organizer and being on the Long-term Strategy Team, helping to determine the long-term trajectory of the organization.
After graduating from college this past May, she worked for 350 Action as the Colorado Statewide Organizer, working on ballot initiatives to prevent fracking in Colorado and working on Get Out the Vote during the election. Her most recent work was with Earth Guardians as the Global Director of Leadership Development, where she trained, mentored, and supported hundreds of youth around the world to build power and create change. She continues to be active, fighting the political arm of the fossil fuel industry in her home state of Colorado with the Sunrise Movement, a movement of young people to stop climate change an urgent priority and create millions of good-paying jobs in the process. In her free time, Michaela enjoys going out with friends, free form dance, cooking dinner with her housemates, and being outdoors in the beautiful Rocky Mountains by her house.