Michelle joined POST in August 2019 as the Staff Services Manager I in the Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau where she oversaw the professional staff and Certificates Unit, updated the Perishable Skills Program, and led the project to draft regulatory changes to successfully implement the requirements of Senate Bill 2.
Michelle began her career as a Management Assistant with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) where she worked her way to up to a Management Analyst II. Her assignments included community relations, crime analysis, risk management, and training. Michelle’s last assignment was with the Instructional Design Unit, Police Training and Education where she was responsible for maintaining curriculum for the Supervisory Course and the Academy Instructor Certification Course, among others. She has been a facilitator in various LAPD courses including, “Civilian Supervisor School,” “Peak Performance for Law Enforcement,” and “Mission, Vision, Values.”
In addition to facilitating courses for the LAPD, Michelle was a facilitator with the Instructor Development Institute (IDI) for seven years before coming to POST. She facilitated in the Academy Instructor Certification Course, Level II – Intermediate Course, and several workshops in the annual Instructor Symposium. During this time, Michelle also assisted the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department in redesigning their Regular Basic Course.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a minor in Asian Regional Specialization from the University of California at San Diego, a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Southern California, and a PhD in Psychology, with an emphasis in Cognition and Instruction from Grand Canyon University. Michelle is also a 2009 graduate of the Los Angeles Police Department Leadership Program (formerly known as the West Point Leadership Program) and a 2012 graduate of the Master Instructor Certification Course.
Michelle was promoted to Bureau Chief in August 2022 and is assigned to the Certification Bureau.