MICHELLE AVOLA-REESE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Michelle is a Marketing and Communications professional who has worked in both the public and private sectors, including Xerox as their National Training Manager and The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools as their Marketing & Development Director. She works with the NPC Board of Directors on strategic planning and serves as the primary spokesperson and liaison with elected officials and government agencies. She oversees the day-to-day operation of NPC and is responsible for advocacy, education, communications, marketing, membership, and fundraising.
Michelle first joined the organization in 2006, just a year after Naples Pathways Coalition was incorporated. In her seven-year tenure, she helped raise awareness of the monumental safety issues facing pedestrians and cyclists and urged the City of Naples to do a bicycle/pedestrian study which ultimately led to the City of Naples Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan being adopted and a funding stream secured. She worked to improve relations between law enforcement and the cycling community, organized Bike Rodeos for Kids, Lights for Bikes and Helmet Giveaways and Fittings to better protect vulnerable road users, and helped launch Naples Pathway Coalition's signature event, the Bike Brunch.
Michelle was thrilled to come back to Naples Pathways Coalition in 2018 and continue the tremendous strides we have been making in our community. She is passionate about the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, an advocate for Complete Streets and education of the public so all road users can share the roads, and is a strong proponent of the DNT TXT N DRV campaign.
She enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs, biking, hiking, soaking up the sun anywhere near water, and travel.