Michelle A. Gastil has been an active volunteer with Think Dignity since 2009. Michelle was born and raised in San Diego. She graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration and Minors in Music and Sociology from San Diego State University ("SDSU") in 2005. While at SDSU, Michelle helped found the SDSU Chapter of Unite for Sight, a student volunteer organization that conducts free vision screenings and collects eyeglasses to donate to communities in need around the world.
In 2009, Michelle graduated cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. While attending Thomas Jefferson, Michelle was awarded the CALI Award of Excellence for Environmental Law and Music Law. She received the State Bar of California Wiley M. Manual Award and a Distinguished Service award for her pro bono work for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program. She also received the Student Volunteer of the Year Award from the Sierra Club after volunteering as a legal intern. Michelle continues to work with environmental activists who oppose irresponsible land development. She owns a law office that focuses on consumer law, specifically debt and credit report related matters and environmental protection.
Michelle was introduced to TD in 2009, when TD was gearing up its Basic Dignity Campaign to bring water and 24/7 restrooms to downtown San Diego. As head of the Research Committee, she organized research efforts to determine how restrooms and water could be made available 24/7. Michelle also assisted in drafting the petition supporting the campaign that garnered 5,000 signatures and was presented to San Diego City Council. Michelle looks forward to continuing TD’s Basic Dignity Campaign for water and restrooms and is eager to continue taking action to make basic dignity available to all who live in her sweet home San Diego.