Michelle Ponce

Asset Building Coordinator

Michelle Ponce joined Chhaya CDC as the Morgan Stanley/ANHD Community Development Fellow in 2016. She now serves as Chhaya’s Asset Building Coordinator. Born in Manhattan, raised in Queens, Michelle draws from her experience of being raised by immigrant parents from Puebla, Mexico. Prior to working at Chhaya, she was a Community Affairs Liaison at the New York State Assembly, and brought to fore the voices of community members regarding district issues that impacted their everyday lives. At the New York City Council she conducted research and analysis on citywide policies affecting community and economic development. Michelle is currently completing her Masters Degree in Urban Policy Analysis and Management at The New School. At Chhaya, she hopes to empower and strengthen immigrant communities to ensure that they too thrive and succeed.