Allentza Michel is a community planner, social practice artist and writer with experience in organizing and research. She has over 17 years of diverse experience across arts administration, placemaking, economic and workforce development, education, food security, public health and transportation. She earned a Master's in Public Policy from Tufts University. 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.