Program Manager, Michelle Altemus, is dressed in a black dress and white and black sweater. She is smiling and standing in front of a white wall and green plants.

Michelle Altemus, M.S.W, M.B.A.

SDSU IMSD Program Manager

San Diego State University, San Diego, California

Michelle Altemus, a Florida Native, earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida. While at UF, she double majored in Anthropology & International Studies and earned minors in both Spanish and International Development / Humanitarian Assistance.

After completing her undergraduate studies, Michelle began working at an education nonprofit in Miami, Florida as an AmeriCorps Academic Mentor. In this role, she mentored elementary, middle, and high school students in underserved communities, supporting their academic success by facilitating after school tutoring and enrichment programming during the weekends and over the summer.

After serving two years in this role, Michelle enrolled in a joint master’s program in social work and business administration, with an emphasis in social leadership, at Florida State University. While at FSU, Michelle gained a variety of experience in the social services, including interning at the Florida Department of Children and Families State Office on Homelessness and working as a graduate assistant at FSU’s Institute for Family Violence Studies, where she contributed to projects such as the FSU Student Resilience Project and the Professional Certification in Trauma & Resilience.

After completing her master’s program, Michelle relocated to San Diego, where she worked briefly at UCSD’s Moores Cancer Center before transferring to San Diego State University.