Michelle A. DePass

Portland Public Schools Zone 2

Michelle DePass lives walking distance from where she was born in NE Portland. She grew up in the Irvington and Eliot neighborhoods and attended elementary school in Caracas, Eugene, Guadalajara, Washington DC, and Portland, attending Portland’s Metropolitan Learning Center and Jefferson High School. She earned a certificate in Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Design in Los Angeles and a BS at Portland State University in Community Development. Her graduate studies found her at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute where she focused on renewable energy, sustainable development, and social justice.

Michelle has had many careers and is currently working for the City of Portland Housing Bureau where she is the Community Engagement and Policy Coordinator, consulting to teams on best practices in engaging communities, especially marginalized communities. She has also worked for Metro Regional Government, managing the MWESB program, The Cadmus Group, an energy consulting firm conducting program evaluations, and managed construction for the Portland Parks Bureau under Charles Jordan’s leadership.

Michelle has served on several non-profit boards, including the Interstate Firehouse Community Center, The Irvington Neighborhood Association, the Community Energy Project, and the Oregon Native American Chamber of Commerce.

Michelle has raised two gifted longboarders who attended Portland Public Schools, and she lives in an old house in Portland’s King neighborhood.

Michelle is proud of the fact she skied up and over a mountain last year over three days with little complaint and is a big fan of uphill walks, where she does complain. She is an above average parallel parker, just started to read books again for pleasure, loves to cook, play outdoors, and is terrible at games involving TV trivia.