Michele Wagner was born in Washington, DC but grew up in the Maryland suburbs. She attended the University of Maryland College Park and graduated with a B.A. in political science and a minor in Spanish. She spent a short stint living in Mexico City with a Mexican family for a summer during her undergraduate program.
She then moved back to D.C. and began her non-profit environmental career working at the World Wildlife Fund in the Asia Pacific Program under the guidance of Dr. Eric Dinerstein. She then took off to Europe for three months with about $500, a Euro pass and a backpack.
She went onto hold several environmental positions with the Committee for the National Institutes for the Environment, the National Association of Attorneys General and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
In 2006, she earned her Master’s in Public Health from George Washington University’s School of Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health. She then went on to work for the National Sleep Foundation and the Infectious Diseases Society of America as Director of Education and Grant Programs.
She now finds herself turning towards free-lance writing on mental health, public health, and some fiction writing on the side. She currently has association memberships with the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) and the DC Science Writers Association. She currently resides in Silver Spring, MD with her husband, the tech expert and pastel artist, David Wagner.