Michele is the joint staff attorney for Hackensack Riverkeeper and NY/NJ Baykeeper. Previously, she was a legal intern for both organizations and frequent volunteer at Hackensack Riverkeeper’s paddling events. Michele is a graduate of Roger Williams University School of Law where she focused on environmental and public interest law. Michele is also a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice (MA) and Montclair State University (BA), where she studied Criminal Law & Procedure and English Literature, respectively. Born and raised in Bergen County NJ, Michele gained a love and appreciation of the ocean from yearly trips to Florida’s Atlantic coast, which is also where she first developed her love of ocean life and a desire to preserve and protect the ocean’s habitats and inhabitants. When she’s not working to protect the environment, Michele enjoys SCUBA diving, reading, and all things geek – movies, TV, comics, and video games.