Michele Young is the daughter of two New York City public-school teachers who taught immigrants and the poor. She arrived in Cincinnati on a Greyhound bus 27 years ago to interview as a law clerk to a U.S. Circuit Judge. She is a mom of five who helped build the family firm and a family with her husband Greg in this community she proudly calls her home.
In her youth, she worked numerous minimum wage jobs including Burger King and Howard Johnson. She started Georgetown University Law Center evening school at night,taking out loans and working as a temporary secretary during the day to make ends meet. Michele knows what it is like to struggle to pay rent and to work hard for little pay and respect. She wouldl be the first OH-1 Congresswoman who says "me too" and knows what it means.
A Georgetown University Law Center graduate, former Federal law clerk, adjunct law professor, she has written editorials and articles and co-authored a 728 page book for the American Bar Association on the Affordable Care Act and medical malpractice. Her legal work involved clients ranging from political and human rights figures to the poor and powerless. She developed the respected "no-text" zone campaign bringing in leaders across the community to join her in saying, "I just don't do it."
A close brush with death in 2009 led Michele to refocus her priorities on giving back to the community by providing legal counsel to clients ranging from prominent political and human rights leaders to the poor and powerless. Young sought the appointment and then ran the campaign leading to the landslide victory of the first Hindu, female and indian Hamilton County Coroner. She also co-chaired the successful campaign of Judge Nadine Allen that year. The Cincinnati Women’s Caucus honored Young as an Outstanding Woman of Achievement in 2014.
Michele was the Democratic candidate for OH-1 in 2016. Although she never ran before, in a whirlwind campaign, Michele swept the Democratic precincts in the primary and then ran an energetic campaign that came so close to winning Hamilton County that the pundits now view this race as a potentially competitive one. Her race won support from icons including Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Gloria Steinem.
Noted for reaching across political and demographic lines, Michele has developed bi-partisan support of public-safety initiatives including the "don't text and drive" campaign that has reached millions on television and "Keep Hamilton County Safe" effort to support the building of the first new crime lab in 50 years. Michele continues to work with interfaith leaders to make our community welcoming to all. She played an instrumental role in creating the local chapter of Kids4 Peace, an international organization dedicated to developing interfaith conflict transformation and interfaith relationship building. She is now deeply honored to serve as one of the mentors to Tyra Patterson, a woman freed from prison after 23 years for a crime she did not commit and to serve on the board of the OJPC, the civil rights organization that fought for Tyra's freedom. Michele believes there are no limits to what can achieved when there is a willingness to reach across barriers with a hand offered in friendship and fellowship for others.
Michele has a passion for children. She is counsel to Benyim Taye and co-counsel to the estate seeking to bring justice to his son, Gabriel, the 8-year old who killed himself after being bullied. She served as as pro-bono counsel to Jean Cadet and his organization fighting childhood slavery in Haiti. She joined United Way Co-Chair Sally Connelly to bring "100 Bold Women" leaders together to support early childhood education. A former volunteer children's soccer coach, Michele pitches in to improve children's lives whether it is on a committee to bring locally grown food to local schools, raise money for the local children's hospital or to march in the Fourth of July Parade every year as the Statue of Liberty for the local mother's group.
She is dedicated to the the environment, a co-founder and Articles Editor of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. She is now one of the founding board members of Shomrei Olam, a local environmental and faith-based organization.
Michele dreams of a day where every child belongs, has food on the table, medical care when ill, and a chance to reach his or her dream. She envisions an American where opportunity is open to all regardless of race, creed, color, origin or zip code. She believes in an America where everyone will want to make room to give another a seat at the table.