Michele Rodriguez is a mom to three almost grown children ages 18, 23, and 27. Her youngest is currently navigating the high school to life transition. Her middle son is in the Air Force Reserves and still in college, and her daughter is a caregiver and advocate for neurodivergent children. Michele is also married to her brilliant husband for twenty-eight years. She is a program coordinator at embrella, a non-profit that embraces, supports and advocates for children, youth and families involved with child welfare, and working on her Masters of Social Work. Prior to embrella, Michele graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Social Work in 2017 from Rutgers University where she was part of the Baccalaureate Child Welfare Education Program.
Before deciding to become a social worker, Michele worked within non-profit and program development and founded and ran a youth volunteer organization to promote empathy and compassion through action. She has worked in advocacy roles at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) where she helped launch a youth transitions initiative, she has served on the Monmouth County Youth Service Commission and was a caseworker for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF), Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P). While in these roles, Michele received the honors of Court Appointed Special Advocate of the Year for Monmouth County and the DCF Special Commissioner’s Award. Michele is a certified ACE Interface presenter.