Michelle Martinez is the inaugural director of the Tishman Center for Social and Environmental Justice at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability. Martinez has 15 years of experience practicing environmental justice in her hometown of Detroit. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition; she is a founding member of the Coalition and continues to serve on the board. She is a 2022 Movement Leader Fellow at CUNY's School for Labor and Urban Studies. Michelle also serves on the Board of Directors of We the People Michigan and is a contributing columnist to Planet Detroit, an online publication serving Detroit audiences with climate and environmental news. She can be found here in her garden or on the Great Lakes with her kids at least 4 months out of the year.