Michele is a CPA with over 20 years of experience in the finance and accounting field, primarily in the areas of management reporting and analysis, budgeting, risk management, and strategic business planning. She manages all accounting, budgeting, contracting, reporting, and human resources activities for the District. Michele lived several years in Germany, where she taught English as a second language and had time to indulge her passion for gardening, environmental conservation and all things outdoors. She is also a Master Gardener and a graduate of the OSU Extension Services Organic Gardening Certificate Program. Since moving to Portland in 2009, she’s been an active volunteer with her son’s school, Multnomah County Master Gardeners, and various area running groups.