Meet the EDD: Michelle DeSoto

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, September 21, 2016

In our blog series, “Meet the EDD,” we profile a member of our team each month. Through our interviews, we hope you get to know the hardworking members of our staff, who are dedicated to the economic vitality of Charles County.

Since joining the EDD in 2016, Michelle DeSoto, project coordinator, coordinates activities, programs and office operations for the Waldorf Urban Redevelopment Corridor (WURC) and other redevelopment projects. Michelle also acts as a liaison between internal and external stakeholders.  Outside of the office, Michelle loves to play soccer and swim and spend time with her three dogs and her family (she’s one of five daughters!). An avid sports fan, you’ll often find Michelle cheering on her hometown teams: the Washington Redskins and the Washington Capitals.

Charles County Economic Development Department (EDD): What is your favorite thing about working for the EDD?
Michelle DeSoto (MD):
Every community has potential for improvement.  This is perhaps my favorite thing about economic development.  No matter what the situation is in the community, there are untapped opportunities.  There are always multiple possibilities for improving the regional economy and enhancing the quality of life for Charles County citizens. Also the people! Economic development takes a team effort and I work with a wonderful group of diverse individuals who all have different backgrounds, ideas, and personalities.

EDD: What’s your favorite spot to spend time in Charles County?
MD: Port Tobacco Marina – I love being on the water and enjoy the music and food, and you can’t go wrong with Maryland Blue Crabs!

EDD: What's the last best dish you cooked?
MD: I love to cook and bake! Grilled rib-eye steak with garlic butter or my “perfectly chocolate” chocolate ganache cake.

EDD: Who inspires you?
MD: My mother and grandfather and their commitment to family and stories of resilience.

EDD: Describe Charles County in three words.
MD: Home, community, accessible.

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