Local First announces the departure of Michele Lonergan, Business Development Manager. Michele began her tenure at Local First in January 2013 as a Membership Coordinator. In 2015, she was promoted to the role of Business Development Manager, developing strategic relationships with key partners and stakeholders and managing the Local First Membership Team. Under her direction and with the efforts of her dynamic team, Local First has grown to over 900 members. Prior to her stint at Local First, Michele was the founder and Executive Director of LIBA (Lakeshore Independent Business Alliance), an organization that eventually merged with Local First.
Michele is moving on to pursue the next chapter in her life: a sabbatical that includes a cross country road trip with her husband. Having launched three wonderful sons into the world, Michele is excited to make space to ponder what comes next! Michele has stated that her passion will always involve community-building and the localist movement.