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Michelle Bachman, MS is the Senior Project Manager with Jill of Trades. Michelle shares in the “Jill” mission with her passion for service and love to help people. She has a unique skill set and is both accomplished and committed to socio-political issues, child advocacy, education, community partnerships and business development.

In 2003, after graduating with her Political Science degree from FSU, Michelle began her career in the legal field working in the practice areas of Family Law, Personal Injury, and Environmental Land Use legislation. She later completed her Masters of Political Science from Florida State University.

In 2009, Michelle joined Florida Children’s Services Council (FCSC) and their efforts in promoting policies that support Florida’s children and families. With FCSC, she organized a fundraiser for State Senate Candidate Lorraine Ausley. She also spent a legislative session working for Representative Juan Zapata (R, Miami Dade). Michelle is a member of the Early Childhood Council and volunteers as a community advocate for the State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program, which provides a strong voice in court and positive systemic change on behalf of Florida’s abused and  neglected children.

Michelle’s experience brings strong project organization and execution, critical analysis, community partnering, research, accounting, and policy change initiatives to Jill of Trade’s client service offerings. Michelle manages client projects, has experience solving routine legal issues, and provides research and support. She also has a comprehensive understanding of the State of Florida’s legislative departments and agencies inner workings.

Work experience

Apr 2011Present

Senior Project Manager

Jill of Trades

Jill of Trades is a personal and small business concierge, marketing, and planning services boutique. I provide research, project management, accounting, editorial and social media marketing support on all client accounts. 

Nov 2009Present

Child Advocate

Guardian Ad Litem

As a Guardian ad Litem community advocate, I partner with a network of professional staff to provide a strong voice in court on behalf of the best interests of children who are alleged to be abused, neglected or abandoned and who are involved in court proceedings.  

I manage an objective examination of the situation and identify resources and services for the children and families involved. As the child's voice in court proceedings, independent recommendations are made, while continuing to monitor the case through the completion of the case plan approved by the court.

Feb 2009May 2009

Legislative Assistant

Florida Children's Services Council

The Florida Children's Services Council (FCSC) promotes policies that build effective primary prevention and early intervention systems of supports for Florida's children and families. Was part of a dynamic task force and help to determine and execute goals and strategies for the 2009 session.

Created a dynamic tracking system to monitor developments of Federal Stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into State Departments that could possibly benefit Florida’s children.

Using Lobbytools, I tracked legislation and monitored committee meetings to create bill reports. The bill reports were used in conjunction with a review of press clips and campaign efforts to create legislative action summaries for legislative newsletter using Constant Contact. I also lead and organized a fundraiser for a Senate candidate during my stay with FCSC.

May 2006Feb 2008

Legislative Assistant

Bryant Miller Olive

As a highly knowledgeable and experienced Legal Assistant I provided top assistance to a one of Florida's legal elite in government consulting, environment and land use law. All facets of secretarial and paralegal responsibilities were independently worked relative to client/case status.

In addition to the creation of legal documents and vital research, I maintained travel and calendar organization. I composed bid response to requests for proposal from potential clients. Handled client management  with thorough knowledge and understanding of case and campaign efforts in order to clearly communicate with clients. 

Feb 2006May 2006

Legislative Assistant

Representative Juan Zapata

This internship provided me with a comprehensive understanding of the State of Florida legislative department and agencies inner workings. As head of constituent affairs, I responded to constituent concerns and requests and researched and reviewed vital issues for review with the Representative. 

May 2003Aug 2005

Legal Assistant

Thompson Crawford & Smiley

Worked in the capacity of a paralegal under the direction of a family law attorney.  Provided support and research while resolving routine legal issues. Drafted legal pleadings, notices and letters. Managed client accounts and prepared them for trial. Supervised staff and trained new employees.