Michelle Vergara was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. A first-generation college graduate, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from California State University Northridge and her Master’s in Social Work from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. During her graduate studies, she interned at the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD), where she supported the daily operations of GRYD’s comprehensive strategy, including intervention, prevention, and re-entry services for youth. This helped to amplify Michelle’s previous experience working with youth at various Los Angeles County Probation Camps.
Most recently, Michelle worked as a Field Representative for Congressman Tony Cárdenas, where she was responsible for overseeing the communities of Pacoima, Sylmar, Lake View Terrace, North Hills East and West and the City of San Fernando. Also under her purview were the legislative portfolios focusing on healthcare, juvenile/criminal justice, senior services, and financial services, all of which she is passionate about. In her free time, Michelle enjoys traveling, going to the beach, hiking, playing fantasy football and spending quality time with family, friends, and three dogs — Schnitzel, Simba, and Kobe.