Michelle Decker

Michelle Decker

Community Engagement Manager


Families In Schools

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
First I worked for a congressional office as an immigration caseworker.
Then I took one year as an Americorp VISTA working as a Partnerships Coordinator for a law firm.
Then I went to grad school and got my Masters in Public Administration.
I was hired to work as an administrator at Metropolitan Water District during graduate school.
I was finally hired at Families In Schools as a Community Engagement Manager.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
North Monterey County HIgh School.
Bachelor
International/Global Studies
San Jose State University
Graduate
Public Administration
Vanguard University of Southern California

Career

Community Engagement Manager

I manage large scale literacy campaigns in schools.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Non-Profit Organizations
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

If you shadowed me, you would most likely accompany me to a school assembly, sit in on phone calls with parents, and meet with community based organizations. My day consists of talking with all kinds of people about how to help students achieve their dreams.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Beyond what you learn in school, being creative and energetic is critical to getting my job done. Managing my time wisely is also very important.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Get involved! Make sure you find a few organizations on campus that you enjoy and pursue a leadership position. From a greek society to a chess club, to United Nations, get involved and learn all about how organizations work.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
International/Global Studies
graduate
Graduate
Public Administration

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"Why would you want to get a job supporting people from an ethnic group that we don't like or approve of?"

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
First-Generation College Student