Michelle McKay Underwood
Director, Governmental Relations, has been with SSC since 2006 and provides legislative advocacy services on behalf of SSC clients by representing their interests in front of the Legislature, Administration, and various state departments in Sacramento. She is actively involved in advocating on behalf of school districts and associations, including serving as the lead advocate for the Schools For Sound Finance [(SF)2] and the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA).
In 2014-15, Michelle led an effort to resolve CalSTRS membership eligibility issues for community college administrators in collaboration with CalSTRS and other statewide K-12 and community college associations. Other advocacy efforts focused on securing minimum state aid for community funded school districts and fending off an attack on school district property taxes.
Michelle also provides timely information to the field on important events in Sacramento, serving as editor of the Fiscal Report and Community College Update “Top Legislative Issues” series. She is a sought-after presenter for groups ranging from human resources associations to chief business official groups.
Prior to joining SSC, Michelle served as Membership Director for the California Coalition for Youth, an advocacy association of a diverse group of youth, youth advocates, and youth-serving agencies from throughout the state. Michelle received bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Psychology at the University of California, Davis.