administrative, and development positions at nonprofits throughout Southern California. Michelle began her career as a
case-worker at Skid Row Mental Health Center in the infamous region of Downtown Los Angeles where eventually
Michelle established the first development department for the organization.
In 1989, the James Irvine Foundation paid her salary to launch a similar program for the Orange County Mental Health
Association. Over the two-year contract position, Michelle established the organization’s first development plan: the
revenue increased by 38% and the development plan became a blueprint for fundraising for homeless programs
throughout Southern California. Subsequently, the Weingart Foundation funded Michelle’s role as Vice President of
Development for the Blind Children’s Learning Center to act as a “turn-around specialist.” After three and a half years
of unprecedented fundraising success, Michelle opened MW&A.
Today, MW&A provided development assessment and planning, foundation relations and grants writing, and executive
search for top-tiered fundraising professional to some of the largest and most prestigious organizations in the US and
UK including: the Joffrey Ballet, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Girls Incorporated, THINK Together, The
Diana Princess of Wales Fund, Common Threads, American Friends of the Tate Britain, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric
AIDS Foundation, and the Fulfillment Fund.
Having added executive search to our services in 1997, MW&A provides national and international recruitment
services for senior Development, Advancement and Marketing positions, as well as CEO and Executive Director
postings where fundraising is a significant component of the job. Unique to other recruitment firms, MW&A is also a
development firm. We know firsthand what it takes to recruit and vet professionals that bring the right balance of
strategic vision and tactical implementation to both short- and long-term fundraising goals. Our services have placed
85 top professionals in the visual and performing arts, education, youth development, and health and human services
throughout the US and UK.
Michelle has a dual BA degree in English and Social Work from California State University Long Beach.