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Michelle Obama

1993 Global Fellow
Founder of Public Allies Chicago

Michelle Obama 1993 Global Fellow

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Change the face and practice of leadership in communities across the country by demonstrating that everyone can lead, and that lasting social change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility, and work together.


With funding from the Echoing Green Foundation in 1993, Michelle Obama became Executive Director for the Chicago office of Public Allies, a non-profit organization encouraging young people to work on social issues in nonprofit groups and government agencies. She worked there nearly four years and set fundraising records for the organization that still stood 12 years after she left. Public Allies was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1992 by Echoing Green Fellow Vanessa Kirsch.


Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is a lawyer, writer, and the wife of the 44th President, Barack Obama. She was the first African-American First Lady of the United States. Through her four main initiatives, she has become a role model for women and an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education, and international adolescent girls education.

excerpted from http://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/first-ladies/michelleobama

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