Michelle Guzman is a community organizer in Lynn. She grew as a leader during her years working at the Lynn Community Health Center as a member of 1199SEIU. There, she got politically involved and participated in several social movements around issues like immigration, health, and workers’ rights. At the health center, Michelle worked for 7 years in several positions but her passion was to inform and engage other union members. She also advocated with patients around language barriers, resulting in effective changes in processes at the health center. In 2015, Michelle quit her full time job to become a Personal Care Attendant (PCA), part-time, to take care of her mother. Since then, she has participated in the Massachusetts Workforce Council for PCA and Labor Management and in community organizations to empower and open opportunities for the Spanish-speaking community in Lynn. Michelle came to New Lynn Coalition when she was looking for more classes in Spanish for the Latino community at the Lynn Community Enrichment Program. Michelle was hired as a Bilingual Community Organizer and assistant to the night school. Michelle grew up in Guatemala and has lived in Lynn for 23 years. She is also a mom to a 10 year old boy. She has two Associates Degree from North Shore Community College and a Certificate for Medical and Community Interpretation. She plans to get a Certificate in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts in the near future.
1199SEIU --- Lynn Community Health Center --- Patient Advocate --- Massachusetts Workforce Council for PCA and Labor Management --- Bilingual Community Organizer --- North Shore Community College --- Certificate for Medical and Community Interpretation