Michelle “Mush” Lee

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Michelle Mush Lee is a published poet, story strategist and pioneer of spoken word, creative youth development pedagogy. Michelle's poetry and presentations have been featured on HBO, PBS, AfroPop, createCA, National Asian American Theater Festival, New Works Theater Festival, Under the Radar Festival, National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE) and at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. She holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University, with a focus on equity and social justice.

A recent Harvard University, Project Zero Fellow, Mush is frequently a featured speaker on spoken word and hip hop pedagogies, racial justice and women of color in leadership. Her writing is published in All the Women in My Family Sing, an anthology of essays by women of color at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Currently, Michelle serves as a Cultural Strategist in Government for the City of Oakland, is an advisory board member for Alameda County Department of Education’s Integrated Learning Specialist Program and leads statewide field-building initiatives as the Sr. Advisor of Pedagogy at Youth Speaks. Mush is the founding CEO of Whole Story Group, a story-centered training and facilitation team founded on the principles of cultural sustainability, human connection and wholeness.