Author: Nada Djordjevich and Michelle Drake

About Michelle Drake and Nada Djordjevich

Nada Djordjevich and Michelle Drake

Nada Djordjevich is the founder and CEO of West Coast Strategic Consulting Services, LLC, a social impact consulting firm. A graduate of Harvard University and UC Berkeley, she crafted dozens of successful grants resulting in nearly $37 million to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families throughout California. She has also facilitated strategic plans for nonprofit and local education agencies, including three of the largest school districts in California. She has conducted several program evaluations of STEM, STEAM, early literacy, and community school programs. A cyclist and runner, she is dedicated to expanding environmental access for children and youth.

Michelle Drake is ATLAS Grant Project Director and assistant project consultant with the Marin County Office of Education, and a former 4th grade teacher. She received her master's degree in teacher education from the University of San Francisco. Michelle’s overall core value foundation is to build culture within community by encouraging social and emotional growth in children and adults through coordinating events that promote belonging, learning, togetherness, and fun. She enjoys managing projects that are meaningful and which strive to make the world a better place. She also loves to hike the outdoors with her golden retriever Bogey.

The challenge: How to equitably increase access to environmental and arts knowledge for 4,000 K–12th grade students countywide in just a few months? How to make sustainable changes that will support and transform the landscape after the end of one-time funding?  To meet the challenge, the Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) partnered with organizations […]