As the Executive Director of the Asian Youth Center (AYC) since 2012, Ms. Freridge leads a 33-year-old community-based non-profit organization that provides educational, employment and social services for more than 2,000 individuals annually in Los Angeles County.
AYC helps low-income, immigrant and at-risk youth of all ethnicities succeed in school, at work, and in life!
Ms. Freridge completed a B.A. at Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration at Western Michigan University before moving to Southern California in 1999.
After more than 20 years of direct service, development, and management work in the non-profit sector, she attended Loyola Law School’s evening program and was admitted to the California Bar in 2011.
Michelle has dedicated her continuing legal education in non-profit law matters and helps community groups with non-profit start-up, strategic planning, and other challenges.
Ms. Freridge is also an Adjunct Professor at University of the West, where she teaches MBA classes with a non-profit focus.