Michelle Lugalia-Hollon is a program associate at Polk Bros. Foundation, and one of the earliest members of The Voices and Faces Project.
Most recently Michelle was part of the 4 member team that led our Voices and Faces Project/Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy Workshop, "Creating Programs That Create Change," which debuted in May, 2012.
Michelle was previously a public health administrator at the Illinois Department of Public Health overseeing grants and leading initiatives that focused on the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV for the department's HIV/AIDS section. She graduated from the Harvard School of Public Health with a M.Sc. in Society, Human Development and Health in 2010 and with an AB in Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago in 2007. She has lived in Chicago since 2003 and has worked for and with several non-profits focusing on sexual and gun violence prevention, trauma, youth development, education and public health.
"When I first learned about The Voices and Faces Project I was intrigued. There are many impressive anti-violence organizations out there, but the focused mission of this group—giving voice and face to survivors – allows it to challenge stereotypes and make the issue of violence against women real in world that too often ignores it. When the public hears our stories, they are changed—and they are moved to act. There is such power in that form of testimony."