Michelle van Wandelen

Program Manager, Contracts & Grants


Michelle van Wandelen

“I grew up in Tacoma, so our work at Elevate Health is personal to me — it’s why I’m passionate to keep my community healthy.”

As the Contract and Grants specialist, Michelle provides administrative support to the Elevate Health team. Her unique talents and skills have contributed to improving our internal infrastructure and continued community outreach endeavors.

A native Washingtonian, Michelle has her heart set on giving back to her community. Inspired by her mother, an immigrant and former Community Health Worker, Michelle quickly developed a deep passion for helping others. This determination stuck with her through her career, where she’s worked in a variety of roles including grant and research administration for the National Cancer Institute, working to develop a program for middle school students performing at or below grade level in school, and teaching swimming at the YMCA. She is happy spending her days keeping Pierce County a fantastic place to live, one program at a time. Michelle’s personal experience navigating the healthcare world has given her the ability to understand and care for the hardship of others.

In her free time, Michelle loves going on bike rides, volunteering with the Girl Scouts, and knitting.