Michaux Hood is a Charlottesville native who attended Albemarle County public schools and graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Communications and Media Studies. After graduation she worked briefly as a contract worker for Americorps and through the Student Conservation Association for the federal government’s Department of the Interior for the National Park Service and Department of Agriculture for the National Forest Service. Upon her return to Charlottesville she worked in the internet startup sector and later started her own contracting and consulting business in brand management, online marketing, and constituent building for local and national private businesses and non-profits. She also obtained certification as court and family mediator in the Virginia Judicial System. Michaux is a dedicated volunteer for the Nature Camp Foundation, friends and alumni providing long term support for Nature Camp, Inc., a youth and adult camp fostering ecological awareness, in Vesuvius, VA. Every summer, Michaux enjoys attending the Soccer Academy adult soccer camp, a sleep away sports camp for grown-ups who miss (or never had the chance to attend) sports camp as children.