Allentza Michel is a planner, social practice artist, poet, writer and researcher with a background in community organizing and program design and implementation. She has 17 years of diverse experience across arts administration, placemaking, economic and workforce development, education, food security, public health and transportation. As the Program Officer for Arts and Culture at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences she works with the Academy's national Commission on the Arts, conducting policy and advocacy research and administration.
Ms Michel has a Masters in Public Policy from Tufts University's Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy program, a graduate certificate from Boston University's School of Business, Bachelors in English and Social and Political Systems, as well training in Civic Media and Art practice from Emerson College, and Design and Policy from Rhode Island School of Design. She was the inaugural fellow for the Association for Community Design in 2015 and a 2016 Creative Community Fellow with National Arts Strategies. Ms. Michel has founded and co-founded several non-profit organizations and community initiatives and has also served as a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts.