Criminal Records and Employment
Michelle joined NELP in 2010. She currently works on eliminating unfair barriers to employment of people with criminal records.
Before joining NELP, Michelle was a Senior Staff Attorney at Public Advocates, a non-profit legal advocacy organization, where she advocated for low-income communities and people of color primarily in the area of educational equity.
J.D., Columbia Law School
B.A., University of Texas at Austin
It’s time for Alameda County to honor its pledge to connect people with records with job opportunities.Posted Jul 4, 2017 Read More
When employers look past the stigma of a criminal record, they find highly-qualified and motivated workers.Posted May 25, 2017 Read More
Employers who can look beyond the stigma of a record may find some of their most dedicated workers.Posted Sep 26, 2016 Read More
New York is the 19th state to implement a policy, along with nearly 100 cities and counties and D.C.Posted Sep 25, 2015 Read More
The NYPD’s own policing and hiring policies have made it harder to diversify its ranks.Posted Jul 9, 2015 Read More
How can the fair-chance hiring campaign, help restore the middle class?Posted Jun 16, 2015 Read More
Now’s the time for the president to act, says NELP’s Christine Owens.Posted May 11, 2015 Read More
NELP’s Michelle Natividad Rodriguez on how Apple can become a corporate leader in the fair-chance hiring movement.Posted Apr 14, 2015 Read More
Twenty years ago, criminal record background checks for employment were rare. Today, the easy accessibility of criminal records on the(…)Posted Nov 19, 2014 Read More