Michele Drier

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Introduction I was born in Santa Cruz to a family that migrated west to San Francisco in 1849-1850. Unfortunately, they never found gold, nor did they hang onto any California land. I was read to as a child, and have a need to always have a book with me. My maternal grandmother belonged to a writing club in San Francisco at the turn of the 20th century and wrote poems and jingles – one of which won her a travel trailer during the Depression. My first career was in journalism. I spent seven years with the San Jose Mercury News. After returning to Humboldt State University to complete school and work on a master’s, I fell into my second career, as a non-profit administrator. A single mom, with a lot of single-mom friends, I realized there was a lack of child care and began three child care centers in Humboldt County. I’ve always considered non-profit management my career passion. I spent another 12 years, back in journalism, this time as management for daily newspapers in California’s Central Valley. For the last several years, though, I’ve been managing non-profit agencies.In 2006 and 2007 I was a judge for the selection of Coro Fellows run by the Coro Foundation in San Francisco.