Michelle Rubin currently serves as a Financial and Policy Analyst in the City of Portland's Budget Office, where she provides analysis on the City's planning, sustainability, and internal service programs and supports the City's budget community engagement events. Michelle also served as the Project Manager for the 2019 Portland Insights Survey, which collected over 8,000 responses from Portlanders about their policy and budget preferences and experiences living in Portland to be translated into actionable insights for City leadership. Throughout her career, Michelle has focused on ensuring that local government programs and policies are reflective of community member needs, as well as ensuring meaningful access to government information and programs.
Prior to relocating to Portland, Michelle was born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan. In 2017, she graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning. Her studies focused on housing and economic development policies, with a particular interest in neighborhood-level planning and the politics of redevelopment in legacy cities. During her time in graduate school, Michelle worked with the economic development nonprofit Global Detroit and the City of Detroit's Planning and Development Department on various neighborhood planning and community engagement initiatives. She also served as Project Coordinator of the Social Science Data Analysis Network at the Institute for Social Research, where she focused on analyzing and mapping demographic data. Prior to graduate school, Michelle worked with high school students with the AmeriCorps program, City Year Detroit.