Michelle Roers is a licensed social worker leading United Way of Northern NJ's Education Initiatives that promote access to high quality early childhood education and encouraging positive school culture and climate. Roers oversees strategic partnerships with child care/early learning centers, K-12 school districts, institutions of higher education, and the State of New Jersey. Through her leadership, United Way is improving access to quality education for those struggling to afford it. Roers also oversaw broad-based coalitions creating long-term solutions to address shortages in affordable housing, inequities in accessing affordable high-quality child care, social emotional learning in youth, and support for unpaid family caregivers.
Prior to her work at United Way, Roers spent many years as an advocate and educator in NYC and NJ on domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault working in and with law enforcement, child welfare and domestic violence shelters. Roers began her career as a forensic social worker at The Legal Aid Society in NYC. She then worked as a victim advocate in Morris County and as coordinator of the Legal Advocacy Program at Jersey Battered Women's Service, Inc. She then served as an agent for the Morris County Prosecutor's Office developing, coordinating ad facilitating various outreach and education programs on crime prevention, interpersonal violence and substance abuse.