Michelle Jaramillo is Director of Education Initiatives at The San Diego Foundation, where she collaborates with community partners to ensure every San Diego student can achieve their aspiration of a post-secondary education. Previously, as an independent consultant and Principal of Artesana Consulting, she worked to help nonprofits and foundations ignite the power of narrative and diversity of voices to move people’s hearts and minds around the most urgent issues facing communities.
Prior to launching her own firm, Michelle spent fifteen years working to deepen practices of social justice, diversity equity and belonging in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. As the Community Impact Director for The San Diego Foundation, she developed and managed grantmaking strategies and processes to address the most pressing needs of the San Diego region. Prior to that, she served as Director of Communications for the San Diego Housing Federation developing advocacy and communications strategies. She currently serves on the Social Equity Funders Collaborative committee of San Diego Grantmakers.
Michelle is a 2016 Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities PLACES Fellow. As a volunteer, Michelle has served as co-founder and past chair of the Latina Giving Circle of San Diego, and co-founder and chair of the San Diego Chapter of EPIP. She is a 2014 graduate of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality Leadership Institute. She has a B.A. in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of Toronto and a M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego.