Michelle Otero is a writer, actor, teacher, and facilitator, who utilizes creative expression and storytelling as the basis for organizational development and positive social change. Michelle’s process of engaging individuals and communities through the expression of shared story has found a wide range of applications, from helping conservation organizations better understand the priorities of traditional land based communities to helping people heal from trauma.
She is the author of Malinche’s Daughter, an essay collection based on her work with women survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Oaxaca, Mexico as a Fulbright Fellow. She holds a B.A. in History from Harvard University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College. She is Creative Director of Valle Encantado, an organization promoting sustainable development initiatives in Albuquerque’s Atrisco neighborhood.