Michelle Vilchez is Executive Director of the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, a communication and conflict resolution agency focused on bringing diverse communities together to work on society’s most complex issues.
Throughout her 17 years at PCRC, her passion for community engagement has guided her work and helped PCRC become recognized as an organization that empowers people and builds relationships. She brings to this role extensive community engagement experience, from her work helping First 5 complete its strategic plan guided by community priorities, to co-authoring PCRC’s Community Engagement Resource Guide and helping to launch a violence prevention network and the Fatherhood Collaborative in San Mateo County.
As Executive Director of PCRC, Michelle prides herself on her non-traditional non-profit leadership model, employing a leadership team to strategize and direct the course of the agency. Under her tenure as ED, she has doubled the budget and staffing of the organization. Her focus on bringing together community members, law enforcement, faith based groups and local government to build a stronger, more vibrant San Mateo County guides her work at PCRC.
Michelle was born and raised in Southern California and has a BA in Psychology and Cross Cultural Education.