Michelle Ramos, JD, LLM has committed her career to servicing our most marginalized communities, those adversely impacted by issues of by race, gender, socio-economics, inequitable laws, and public policies. As project director of the Vera Institute of Justice, New Orleans office, she works with government and community partners to improve the criminal justice system through strategy, research and policy work. Michelle is completing her dissertation towards a PhD is psychology with an emphasis in race and cultural studies. Prior to her legal career, Michelle, a retired professional ballet dancer, worked as an executive director for multiple non-profit arts organizations and served as a program officer for Women’s Foundation of California. She was Director of Dance/NYC from 2006-2010. She has served as a panelist for several organizations including the NEA, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Michelle consults in communications strategy, diversity and equity training as well as leadership with non-profit organizations in addition to her legal practice. She is the proud mother of a professional dancer and since retiring from her own dance career Michelle has become a competitive Ironman triathlete and marathoner.