Kiki Michelbacher joined Junior State of America in November 2023 as State Director for Southern California and the Pacific Northwest. In this role, Kiki is responsible for helping to usher in a new generation of civic leaders. She supports student leaders and teacher advisors in developing meaningful civic education programming, helps to implement JSA’s annual conventions and works to engage a wide variety of politically passionate youth.
Prior to joining JSA, Kiki held positions with IGNITE National and numerous nonprofits with a shared mission of addressing recidivism. In each position Kiki has held, her mission has remained the same—investing in youth and ensuring everyone has access to a dignified human experience. Kiki is hoping to use her experience advocating for youth impacted by the justice system and her passion for youth leadership to help enrich her partnerships with JSA student leaders.
Kiki holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and American Civilization from Towson University. As a dancer herself, Kiki is passionate about the arts and hopes to find ways to bridge that with her mission to contribute to comprehensive criminal justice reform.