Michelle Ralston, MPH
Michelle serves as Project Coordinator for Venebio, LCC, where she brings her enthusiasm for research, writing, and collaboration. Her specific areas of interest include program planning and evaluation, tobacco harm reduction, and maternal and child health.
Michelle has over 15 years of experience in social science research and practice, having worked in a variety of settings including academia, state and local government, non-profit, and private industry. Early on in her career, she worked for the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC, studying and reporting on trends in public opinion, attitudes, and behaviors in the U.S. and globally. During this time, Michelle honed her skills in conducting rigorous survey design and research, and communicating objective, nonpartisan findings to policymakers and the general public. She then went on to pursue her master’s in public health at the University of North Carolina, where she collaborated with municipal and state agencies on various projects, including health communication strategies, monitoring and evaluation plans, online educational tools, and more. Upon graduation, Michelle served as program evaluator for an innovate, statewide newborn screening program in Richmond, Virginia and authored several peer-reviewed manuscripts on breastfeeding practices with colleagues at Virginia Commonwealth University.
In addition to her MPH, Michelle attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to receive her BA in Public Policy Analysis and Women’s Studies.