Originally from Puyallup, WA, Michelle now calls both Seattle and New York City home. She believes that living with books is transformative, and everyone should try it. Ditto for driving a convertible, smelling a sterling rose, and wearing great cowboy boots.
Primarily a book designer and editor, she has experienced every aspect of the publishing process through positions with Aperture Foundation and Chronicle Books, and on a project basis with University of Washington Press, Museum of Glass, Heyday Books, Abbeville Press, and others.
She joined Photographic Center Northwest, an educational institution facilitating the creation and experience of significant photography, as executive director in August 2013. Previously a tenured professor in graphic design at Seattle Central Community College, she has lectured at Parsons/The New School, Yale University, and YoungArts Week in Miami, among others. She holds an MS in Publishing from Pace University in New York City, and a bachelor’s degree in literature/art history from Bard College.
Artists she has worked with on books or public programming include Mark Beard, Elinor Carucci, Catherine Chalmers, William Christenberry, Chuck Close, Bruce Davidson, Mark Dion, John Divola, Jeff Dunas, Larry Fink, Frank Gehry, David Hilliard, Candida Hofer, Pieter Hugo, Kahn & Selesnick, Lisa Kereszi, An-My Lê, Jim Marshall, Mary Ellen Mark, Graham Nash, Sylvia Plachy, Eugene Richards, Stephen Shore, Lorna Simpson, Jock Sturges, and Carrie Mae Weems.