Michelle Dietz, MPA
Executive Director of Program & Development
With more than three decades of professional experience, Michelle Dietz leads the way at Village Community Services as its Executive Director of Program & Development, a position she has held since January 2018. In partnership with VCS’s Executive Director of Operations and Board of Directors, she is responsible for the organization’s long-range strategic vision and the viability and stability of VCS’s programs and services while providing day-to-day leadership, fiscal and operational management, ensuring public relations and social justice advocacy, and offering resource management that leverages strong relationships internally as well as with VCS’s many community constituents.
Michelle joined VCS in 2007 in the capacity of Development Director/Development Executive after more than a decade of gaining related, valuable experience at Youthnet, a service-based non-profit providing growth opportunities and life skills for young adults in the foster care, juvenile justice, and alternative education systems. In her early career, Michelle served as a direct support professional, individual treatment aide, family preservation therapist, and program manager for programs serving adults and youth with developmental disabilities and mental health and/or behavioral challenges.
At VCS, Michelle worked alongside industry colleagues to secure a 23% rate increase to pay better wages and benefits throughout the supported-living industry in Washington State through legislative advocacy, including testifying to legislative committees in Olympia. Over her career, she has also raised millions of dollars in foundation and government grants, annual giving, and major gifts and bequests while overseeing a 3.5 to 4.5 million dollar annual budgets that employ 110+ staff and volunteers.
Michelle has spent countless hours and personal energy giving back to her community. She currently is an elected Board member for her local independent public radio station, 90.7 KSER.org, a position she has held since 2019. She served as a member of the Zonta Club of Everett for more than a decade, raising money and advocating for the empowerment of women, worldwide. Michelle and her team are active members of local Chambers of Commerce and the Economic Alliance Snohomish County; She is a former volunteer campaign executive for two area United Way locations; and a graduate of both Leadership Skagit and Leadership Snohomish. Michelle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College and a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University’s Institute of Public Service, where she was a Collins Leadership Fellow.
If you have any questions about VCS or would like to learn more about our programs and services, please contact Michelle directly at email@example.com.