The values of hard work, determination, and entrepreneurship were taught to Michelle at a young age.  There was no “odd job” in her world, just getting the job done. 

Michelle’s grandmother ran the family’s flower shop on her own after losing her husband and while taking care of three young children. She was a leader and a business owner in a time when being a woman in business was quite unusual. Later, Michelle worked there as a teen and admired the work and dedication her grandmother put into the shop throughout her life. 

Michelle took this lesson and also worked at a local Wendy’s in high school. Learning how to serve the public, teamwork and meeting goals was what she took away from the experience. The family finances weren’t there when it was time for college, but that didn’t stop Michelle.  Banking on one, single college application to Texas A&M, she was accepted and left home to embark on a journey, managing her life and finances as an 18-year-old. 

While earning her degree in construction science Michelle worked multiple jobs – including apartment maintenance and house cleaning. Working through college, taking out loans, and applying for grants – Michelle didn’t let difficult circumstances or challenges keep her from her goals.

After steadily building on her experience in construction and real estate, local activism and neighborhood governance, Michelle became the President and CEO of the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce. ​​Michelle’s passion for constructing vibrant communities is deeply ingrained in her professional journey.

Her love and commitment to this community goes beyond her work at the Chamber. Michelle has served as the President of the Westchester on the Creek HOA, the Grand Prairie Family YMCA, and the Grand Prairie Council PTA. Her commitment to the well-being of the community’s youth is further evidenced through her board participation with Children First Counseling Center, Inc. Her leadership is also demonstrated through her role as the Chairperson for the Grand Prairie ISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Board.

Michelle raised her family in Grand Prairie and today lives in the Lakewood neighborhood with her two cats, Mama and Bruno.