Michelle Miranda is the president and founder of Alliance for Community Empowerment, a youth and community development organization. She has dedicated over 25 years to serving and advocating for young people who face adversity. She has assisted hundreds of youth and their families transform their lives and their community through education, job readiness training, and civic engagement.
In 2013, with a mission to strengthen the underserved communities of the West San Fernando Valley, Mrs. Miranda founded Alliance for Community Empowerment (ACE). ACE is a nonprofit organization that operates several programs that assist young people in rebuilding their life and their community. ACE runs RUTH YouthBuild (high school), GRYD (Gang Reduction Youth Development) program, Mentoring, and a Construction Academy. Through strategic collaborations ACE provides a high school education, valuable job training, leadership development and supportive services for individuals that come from high-risk environments.
Mrs. Miranda sits on the board for the City of Los Angeles’ Canoga Park Neighborhood Council (CPNC). She is the current Council President. Her work on the council has opened opportunities for others to be involved in city government, bring awareness to both the community as well as city government of the need to invest in lower income communities.
In response to community need, Mrs. Miranda created the CPNC Homelessness Solutions Committee. This committee provides the community a space for individuals to share concerns, ideas, and perspective, gauge community need, and identify resources, all while remaining solution centered.
Mrs. Miranda has spoken at conferences across the United States on topics related to Youth Empowerment, Community Collaborating and Staff Retention. She has made an international impact through her consultation to youth organizations in Central America.
Mrs. Miranda has been instrumental in bringing government agencies, businesses and organizations together to create strategic collaborations that are bringing forward positive change and hope in the lives of the communities within Los Angeles.
- Human Rights Award 2018 (California Association of Human Rights Organizations)
- Pioneer Woman Award 2016 (County of Los Angeles)
- Impact Maker Award 2016 (City of Los Angeles)
- Inspirational Woman of the San Fernando Valley 2015 (United Chamber of Commerce), YouthBuild USA – Director’s Fellowship Recipient – 2013
- YouthBuild USA Rising Director Award – 2012
- Certificate of Recognition 2011, County of Los Angeles – Commendation 2011, California State Assembly – Certificate of Recognition 2011 State of California – Certificate of Recognition – 2010
- Los Angeles County Office of Education – Certificate of Appreciation 2010