Michelle Rogelstad, Policy and Budget Director
Michelle has more than a decade of experience working in state and local government and has successfully advocated for an array of social justice, education, human services, public safety systems, and housing policies. Her skill set includes policy analysis and writing, strategic planning, governance, business development, stakeholder engagement and communication.
Most recently, Michelle worked in the private sector heading up the growing local government relations practice in the Portland metro area as Vice President for national consulting firm Strategies 360. She has also recently worked at Prosper Portland, the city's economic development and redevelopment agency, to update their equity goals and translate those goals into concrete budget proposals, and for Mayor Ted Wheeler as Legislative Director where she helped create, promote, and implement the mayor's legislative agenda, and focused on policy solutions to the city's housing , homelessness, and public safety challenges.
Michelle previously worked for District 3 Multnomah County Commissioner Judy Shiprack through three budget cycles, notably working on justice system improvements for youth and to reduce racial and ethnic disparities through the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council.
A lifelong Oregonian, Michelle studied history at the University of Oregon and is proud to be from, and continue to live in, District 3. She is active in the Woodstock school community, has served on neighborhood associations in SE Portland, and as the neighborhood representative to SE Uplift, is a 2018 City of Portland Wonder Woman award recipient, and is a 2022 Emerge Oregon program graduate.
Michelle likes sports, mostly basketball and soccer, and is a big fan of the Blazers and Timbers. On weekends she can be found in nature hiking, gardening, and adventuring with her two young children and Siberian Husky.