Michele Silva is a 2019 Professional Fellow from Latin America with ICFJ.
Michele Silva was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and raised in Rocinha, one of the biggest favelas in the world. She received her bachelor's degree in communication from UniverCidade. Ever since she was young, she has worked on social issues affecting her neighborhood. This work inspired her to co-found the newspaper called "Jornal Fala Roça" focused on raising awareness of the favelas and their cultural issues. For five years, Michele worked as a Marketing Coordinator at Endless, an American tech-startup, focusing on the Latin-American and Indonesian region. Since then, she's returned back to Brazil and has committed full-time to developing community projects, using journalism and community relationships as tools for social transformation.