Michelle Miller-Galaz, State Director Candidate (Two-year term 2020-2022)
Describe any previous Branch positions and the years served.
Bakersfield Branch – College University Liaison (2019-20)
Describe any AAUW California positions and years you served.
Membership and Leadership Committees (2019-20)
Talk about any AAUW Conventions you attended in the last 5 years.
I have not had the opportunity.
Talk about any pertinent community activities or connections and their corresponding dates.
Foundation Board Administration: I have extensive experience working with the board of directors both as staff liaison and as a volunteer board member. With Pierce College District Foundation (Washington) (2013-17), I was the lead on the annual golf tournament, dinner, and auction that raised between $50,000 and $75,000 for scholarships. I was responsible for developing sponsorship materials, acquiring sponsors, soliciting auction (live and silent) items, spearheading the monthly board committee meetings, reporting to the full board, and running the day’s event. During my tenure at Pierce College (2013-17), I worked closely with college staff, faculty, alumni, retirees, donors, and prospects on the annual scholarship committee, development committee, Achieving the Dream initiatives, and special projects. As a community leader, I served on a board for a local nonprofit for three years (2013-16) where the board was responsible for the budget, raising $400,000 annually, and recruiting board members. On this board, I served as President for 18 months where I instituted official policies, board recruitment parameters, member evaluation, and implemented accounting controls.
Collaboration and Fundraising: As Director of Grants and Resources for community college districts, I have successfully acquired over $12 million for districtwide and college initiatives. With over 20 years of writing and managing grants(1995-present), I have developed grant management systems and implemented tracking programs to ensure the effective achievement of the organization’s strategic plan. With my seven years’ experience writing grants for higher education, I have worked with many departments and agencies always maintaining a high degree of professionalism providing technical assistance as requested to faculty and staff. I also have extensive experience in providing leadership and strategic planning for nonprofit community boards and working with members in asking individual donors and corporation for financial gifts.
Budget Administration: I have honed my ability in research, managing the implementation of grant programs, identifying trends, implementing special events, representing the college in the community, and supervising staff and volunteers. Additionally, I am skilled in developing and monitoring budgets, managing contracts, scheduling, handling multiple tasks, and I possess interpersonal skills that allow me to lead staff to success effectively.
I am a passionate and high energy professional with years’ experience working with project officers to implement grant initiatives, board members to host various fundraising events, raising funds, and presenting a strategic organizational vision to the community. I am also a skilled public speaker, which I have honed with five years of membership in Toastmasters International (2012-Present) achieving the award of Distinguished Toastmaster. One outstanding asset I offer is the ability to work with many personalities and groups of people, and I realize just how valuable that is when working with students, faculty, boards, and organizations.
Talk about any AAUW National Conventions you have attended.
Describe any AAUW National positions and years you served.
Describe your employment/professional experience, including current employment.
I work with administration and programs to bring funding and program development to community colleges for student success initiatives, partnering with faculty/staff I develop professional learning communities, and collaborate with administration on developing a strong vision for student success programs.
Director of Grants and Resources, Kern Community College District (2017-Present). Responsible for leading the development, implementation, and evaluation of the District’s grant initiatives, including pre-award planning, grant writing, coordination of grant applications, post-award support for staff/faculty, and grants compliance for three colleges, instructional sites, CTE, and District programs. Assist with strategic initiatives to promote student success and equity.
Grant and Resource Development Director, Pierce College District #11 and the Pierce College Foundation (2013-2017). Planned and coordinated the district-wide grant development program and evaluation processes involving faculty and staff. Completed grant proposals, developed resources for Foundation and District, reviewed data, completed reports, represented College to the community, and presided over collaborative projects.
University of Phoenix (2018-Present) Bakersfield
Pierce College (2014-2016) Lakewood WA.
Social Service Coordinator, Pioneer Human Services, Tacoma WA (2011-2013). Tacoma Residential Reentry Center -Responsible for case management of residents referred from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, United States Probation, and United States Pre-Trial services.
Strategic Planning and Program Fund Development Manager, Safe Streets, Tacoma, WA (2006-2011). Recruited for senior management to focus on program development and major gift cultivation, fundraising, community and government relations, grants, contract management, budgeting, quality assurance, and evaluation.
2001-2006 City of Lakewood WA
2000-2001 City of Seattle, WA
1992-1999 Human Response Network, Centralia, WA
Are you available to visit branches statewide?
Describe any other special skills or experience.
I earned my Doctorate of Education from Northeastern University (2018), with an emphasis in Higher Education curriculum, teaching, leadership, and learning. My dissertation topic was “Hispanic Male Persistence at a California Community College.” In addition, I hold a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Psychology.
Professional Memberships 2013-Present Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) & CASE Federal Funding Task Force (team captain)
2014-Present Council for Opportunity in Education.
Alumni Committee Chair for Jobs Daughter International (2018– Present) Omaha, NE.
As a mother of three, I volunteered extensively in youth development organizations (2005-present), and worked with middle and high schools (2003-16), to bring leadership experiences to school-aged children.
Give your reasons for running for this office.
I strongly believe as an administrator and professional, I must acknowledge my own privilege and deepen my understanding of data-driven decisions, engagement, and emerging research to develop a shared vision to enhance and achieve the mission of AAUW and the strategic goals of equity diversity and inclusion. I wish to be a brand ambassador and work with branches to grow our membership and make sure every member feels they have a place in our organization. I am committed to facilitating and advancing cultural responsiveness within all programs and working toward innovative solutions to dismantle systemic barriers. My extensive experience in development, grant writing, and evaluation could bring support and provide service to the state board’s strategic plan.
75-word Goal Statement
My goal is to further the work in making AAUW-CA a vibrant organization known for excellence. To accomplish this I will work with committees to increase membership through best practices on recruitment-retention. Build partnerships with university/college staff and graduates. Increase the organization’s presence on various platforms. Advance equity and security by encouraging advocating for pay protection, and bolstering participation of women-girls in leadership roles at the local/state level. I will accomplish my objectives with the mindset of authentic service to others.