Our Story: Meet the Team
Michelle Rageth, Executive Director
Michelle has served as Executive Director at Friends in Need for the past 22 years.
She grew up in Pasadena, California, where she attended college. She moved to
Minnesota and has lived in Cottage Grove for the past 41 years. Michelle has two
adult daughters and a new grandson on the way.
She manages more than 160 volunteers at the food shelf and is responsible for grant writing and fundraising, as well as day-to-day operations. Michelle is also the facilitator of the South Washington County Community Partnership, which allows nonprofits and social service agencies in Washington County to share information and resources. She reports to the Board of Directors, which is made up of business leaders from our community who are passionate about our vision. She is responsible for engaging the community in our mission and facilitating the bridge between our donors and our clients.