Portland School Board member, community activist
Michelle DePass is a Portland native, born within walking distance of her current home. She was elected to serve on the Portland Public School Board for a four-year term starting in July 2019.
She attended elementary school in Caracas, Guadalajara and Washington DC before returning to Portland to attend Jefferson High School. She graduated from the Metropolitan Learning Center, lovingly called “camp run amok” by her mother.
She is the mother of two boys ages 18 and 21, both Benson High School graduates. She got them to school late exactly once, and, and has cooked twice a day for their entire school careers.
She is passionate about education and children, fashion, architecture, cities, transportation, housing and addressing generational poverty.
She does not watch television, has above average parallel parking skills, loves to cook, bake and knit.
She is happy spending her days addressing gentrification, and her nights advocating for kids in Portland.