Michelle has been tirelessly working on the toughest issues facing our city as a social worker and community organizer for over 20 years. Michelle is running for City Council to bring the same hands-on leadership to City Hall that she has proven throughout her career.
Michelle lives in Kennedy Heights with her husband Chris. They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren together. In 1996 their son Michael was born and at birth he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Michelle came to know first-hand the struggles of navigating medical and social service systems to help him. Today, Michael is 20 years old and fiercely independent, despite the challenges he faces.
In the years following completion of graduate school at UC in 2005, Michelle has worked on coalition-building and policy advocacy in a variety of settings including affordable housing, food access, public education, and employment for individuals with disabilities.
While working at City Hall for former Vice-Mayor David Crowley for four years she was responsible for drafting legislative proposals, setting policy for human services, gun violence, housing, and the environment.
After a long career of helping families facing homelessness, drug addiction, and mental illness, today Michelle serves as the CEO of Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati and is responsible for ensuring the fiscal health and responsible management of that organization.
Over the last three years Michelle led the Cincinnati Educational Justice Coalition working to improve the city’s public schools, and served a decade on the Kennedy Heights Community Council. Michelle wants to bring her community building and advocacy experience to City Hall.