Michele Merkel

Michele has been an environmental lawyer for over two decades. Most recently, Michele was the Managing Director of Advocacy for Food & Water Action (FWA) and Food & Water Watch (FWW), and was the founder of Food & Water Justice, the legal arm of FWW. In her managing director role, Michele helped FWW meet its climate, food and water justice goals by overseeing the legal, research, policy and electoral teams. Prior to joining FWW, Michele worked as an attorney for a number of non-profits and served as an attorney in the Enforcement Division of the United States Environmental Protection Agency where she developed and brought actions for violations of federal environmental laws.  Currently, Michele is pursuing a Masters in Acupuncture degree from the Maryland University of Integrative Health.