Michelle Alexander

WHY? Michelle works tirelessly to connect and partner Sacramento’s business community with the arts world to enhance everyone’s quality of life. She’s thoughtful and creative and was promoted to her current position just 1 1/2 years into serving on the Council’s board. Fun fact? She used to tour with rock bands, handling their marketing and promotion. Michelle has already made a positive impact on Sacramento – I can’t wait to see where she grows the organization next.

BETCHA’ DIDN’T KNOW:

–3 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SACRAMENTO? Connected, creative and accessible.

–FAVE LOCAL CAUSE? I’m slightly biased, but I love the art, music and design community here. The lack of investment in those sectors inhibits our ability to compete with larger national cities.

–WHICH SACRAMENTO WOMAN INSPIRES YOU? Lila Wallrich. She is incredibly dynamic, wicked smart and a wonderful leader on our ABC Board. It’s rare to find someone who balances passion, creativity and heart with a pragmatic drive for action and results. Plus she’s hilarious and won’t bullshit you.

–WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE IN SACRAMENTO IN 5 YEARS? Would love to see more community gardens that might additionally offer safe places for homeless people to have an opportunity to contribute to their own wellbeing. I would love to see permaculture incorporated into architecture and urban planning. I would love to see new iconic public art projects that tell Sacramento’s story. A living wage for artists and musicians would also be a dream.

–FAVORITE SACRAMENTO “GUILTY PLEASURE”? Ramen at Kru and Sculpin IPA at Low Brau.

–IF I WASN’T IN MY CURRENT CAREER… Tough question, I really love working with the arts community. Ive always been interested in localizing economies and the off the grid movement so maybe something in that field.

–LADY MENTOR GROWING UP? When my mom was single raising me and my sister for a while, she got laid off. So she started her own interior design business. She was always bold, strong and loving. Because of her, Ive never assumed by default that I needed to be an employee to make a living.

–BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? You don’t have to attend every argument you’ve been invited to.

–ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO A SACRAMENTO WOMAN IN HER 20’S? If you have passion, build a plan to do what you love. Nurture your brain as much as your body.

(Photo credit: Nick Wray)

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