Michelle LaVaughn Obama
Pen Name: None
Born: 1964 in Chicago, Illinois
She attended Whitney Young High School, Chicago's first magnet high school,
Biographical and Professional Information
First lady, lawyer, Chicago city administrator, community outreach worker and wife of U.S. President Barack Obama. Following law school, Michelle worked as an associate in the Chicago branch of the law firm Sidley Austin in the area of marketing and intellectual property. After a few years, she left her job to launch a career in public service, serving as an assistant to Mayor Daley and then as the assistant commissioner of planning and development for the City of Chicago.
In 1993, she became Executive Director for the Chicago office of Public Allies, a non-profit leadership-training program that helped young adults develop skills for future careers in the public sector.
Michelle joined the University of Chicago in 1996 as associate dean of student services, developing the University’s first community service program. She then worked for the University of Chicago Hospitals beginning in 2002, as executive director of community relations and external affairs.
In May 2005, she was appointed vice president of community relations and external affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she continues to work part-time. She also manages the business diversity program and sits on six boards, including the prestigious Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.
- Michelle Obama in her Own Words: The Views and Values of America's First Lady , Public Affairs, 2009
- American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America , Crowm, 2012
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Michelle Obama in her Own Words: The Views and Values of America's First Lady
Release Date: 2009-04-14
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