Michele Meza

Senior Compliance and Grants Manager

Michele Meza is Senior Compliance and Grants Manager. She brings a wealth of experience and leadership to her role, extending her impact across diverse sectors including Indian Country and, in the business, and academia industries. With over 28 years of professional experience, Michele has consistently showcased her dedication to compliance, streamlining agriculture operations, entrepreneurship, and process optimization. 

Michele’s journey in Indian Country has been marked by her commitment to fostering collaboration and understanding between regulatory requirements and the unique cultural contexts of Indigenous communities. Her tenure in this sector has seen her navigate the intricacies of compliance with cultural sensitivity, ensuring that organizational practices respect and align with the values of the communities she serves. Michele’s leadership has been instrumental in establishing trust and building lasting partnerships in Indian Country while taking a grass roots approach to advocacy. 

In academia, Michele has contributed her expertise to the educational landscape, imparting knowledge gained through her MBA in Organizational Leadership. Her engagement in academic circles has extended beyond traditional boundaries, emphasizing the practical application of compliance and real-world business concepts. As a mentor and tenured instructor, Michele has played a vital role in shaping the next generation of professionals in both the field and in underserved Native areas. 

 Michele’s dedication to continuous improvement is evident not only in her business pursuits but also through her certifications, including a Green Belt and Yellow Belt in Lean Six Sigma, a Manufacturing designation for Lean Six Sigma, and a Certified Business Process Manager. These certifications, combined with her practical experience, reflect her commitment to staying at the forefront of industry standards and best practices while fostering cross-collaboration with teams and clients served. Her ability to bridge cultural nuances, coupled with her strategic mindset, has contributed significantly to the success of the organizations she serves. She brings a unique and valuable perspective from her leadership roles in business and agriculture. Her holistic approach and unwavering commitment to excellence is known throughout Indian Country. 

Michele Meza, MBA, BPM, CSSGB