Originally from the Sonoran desert, Michele is a security and development professional. Her thematic background is in social cohesion, displacement and youth empowerment and regional experience in Eastern Europe and East Africa. Her research projects have explored how property is a barrier of return for displaced Syrians and how property policies in post-conflict Bosnia affect communities. Previously she worked with the United Nations Development Program by designing a youth empowerment program in Eastern Ukraine. She holds an Erasmus Mundus MA in Public Policy from Central European University and Institut Barcelona Estudis Internacionals and a BA in Political Science from the University of Arizona. You can usually find her hunting for the best taco place in the city or practicing yoga.