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 will 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 immigrant to be 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.
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 and in support of the effort to build the first new crime lab in 50 years. She continues to work with interfaith leaders to make our community welcoming to all. Michele looks forward to a day when everyone feels safe on the roads, in houses of worship, and schools. She is now deeply honored to serve as a mentor to a woman freed from prison after 24 years for a crime she did not commit.
Michele has a passion for children. She joined the United Way Campaign Co-Chair to bring 100 women leaders in support of early childhood education. Michele is a founding member of the board of Kids4Peace and part of an all-women legal team seeking to change the way bullying is treated in schools. She is a long-time member of her neighborhood Kindervelt volunteers raising money for Cincinnati Children's Hospital. She is part of a committee that will bring healthy locally grown food to our school.
She is dedicated to the the environment. She was one of the co-founders and an Articles Editor of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. She is now one of the founding board members of Shomrei Olam, a local environmental 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 dreams. 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.