Michelle Foy is a native to Oklahoma City and graduate of Bishop McGuinness High School. In 1994, she moved to Norman to attend the University of Oklahoma where she studied Architecture, Interior Design and Art History. Loving the walkability/bikeability and small town feel of Norman, she stayed for nine years before moving to Oregon. She returned to OKC from Portland in Fall 2007 to be closer to family.
Michelle’s concern for the environment began at a young age. A passion to do her part has remained an important aspect of her life over the years. Living in Portland was paramount to her understanding of sustainable living and she continues to implement new ideas in to her home and community constantly. Believing that education is the key to just about everything, she loves searching out new ways to improve her quality of life, as well as others.
Michelle is on the Green Resource Council at the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Association of Realtors where she has helped facilitate some big changes to the OKCMLS, adding dozens of new “green” search fields. The last two years, Michelle spearheaded an Earth Day Event through OKCMAR to raise awareness of green issues as they pertain to real estate. She has written articles for the OKCMAR magazine, the Mayfair Heights Newsletter, been interviewed by the Oklahoman, OKC Gazette, Natural Awakenings Magazine and was awarded the 2010 Innovator Award for Best Use of Green Resources.
Community involvement is also extremely important to Michelle. She is actively involved in Fiona’s school and is currently helping to plan the implementation of an edible garden at Nichols Hills Elementary. She is Vice President of the Mayfair Heights Neighborhood Association, writes articles for the MFH newsletter and organizes the neighborhood food drive and directory.
Since her return to Oklahoma in 2007, Michelle has helped start and organize, Ride 4 Warmth, an annual bike race and coat drive in which hundreds of coats are collected and taken to a local rescue mission. She served as the Publicity Chair for the Villa Teresa Spring Soiree auction and fundraiser in 2008 and tried to start an Made in Oklahoma market to encourage community, arts and local economy through educated consumerism. The Oklahoma City Saturday Market is still a dream that will hopefully become a reality in the near future.
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is near and dear to her heart. Michelle donates $200 from each transaction to the Food 4 Kids Program, which hands out backpacks of food to school age children so that they have something to eat on the weekends . This is the amount it takes to get one child through the entire school year on the program. In addition, she stuffs the backpacks for Nichols Hills Elementary each Friday during the school year.