About Me

Most of my career in industry was spent working in companies in the communications, computing, and medical device industries. While my expertise is in Management, I have held positions in Information Technology, Operations Management, Product Development and Marketing. The large firms I have worked at are GTE, Aspect Telecommunications, Data General, Johnson & Johnson, and American Cyanamid. I also have worked at small startup firms.

My teaching career started at San Francisco State University, where I taught the undergraduate capstone seminar course. But I have been at De Anza College for 20+ years. At De Anza, I have served as the Department Chair and currently serve as the Business Department Scheduler. (Yes, that means I know which classes will be offered next quarter!)

My research interests are in health and nutrition, as I follow a whole foods plant-based vegan diet. Since plants require so much less water, land, and resources and also sequester greenhouse gases, I feel that I am contributing to easing the Climate Crisis. Here's a very recent New York Times article on the environmental impacts of veganism: No One Wants to Say ‘Put Down That Burger,’ but We Really Should https://nyti.ms/3j5CbsO  .  I'm quite a foodie--so if you like to swap vegan recipes, we will have a lot to talk about!  Please let me know how I can help if you are involved in any vegan business, activism, or activities on campus.  

Presentation from Opening Day  

My family has always included some four-legged members (canine and feline). Some years ago, I served on the Board of Directors for the Humane Society Silicon Valley. I hope you enjoy the travel and pet pictures on My Family page.

My family visited the George Floyd Memorial in Minneapolis in 2020.  It was very moving and hopefully an impetus for change.  

Classes I Teach

Winter 2023

00265BUS 1003YIntroduction to Business
32337BUS 6563ZLeadership
31875BUS 9663ZPrinciples of Management

Faculty Info

Prof. Fritz in 2022 in Dublin

Michele Fritz






MBA, Harvard University; MS in Education, CSU East Bay; BSBA Boston University.

Office Hours

Winter 2023

  • Mon 1:00 - 3:00 pm (Zoom Only)
  • Tues & Thurs 9:45-10:45 am (F-51J on Campus, also on Zoom)
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