Board Members

Michele Young

Michele Young is the daughter of two New York City public-school teachers who taught immigrants and the poor. A Georgetown University Law Center graduate and former adjunct law professor in two law schools, a law clerk for the Hon. George Edwards Jr. and the Hon. Susan Dlott, Michele 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.

A close brush with death in 2009 led Michele Young 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. Michele managed the 2012 landslide campaign victory of Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco—the first Hindu, first female, and first Indian immigrant to be elected as 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.  She was the Democratic candidate for OH-1 in 2016, winning support of revered leaders from Gloria Steinem to Kennedys. Noted for reaching across political and demographic lines, she has developed bipartisan coalitions in support of public-safety initiatives, including Coroner Sammarco’s efforts to secure a state-of-the art forensic crime laboratory for Hamilton County. She continues to work with interfaith leaders to make our community welcoming to all. Recently, she helped build the successful Kids4Peace interfaith camp. Michele is also the Chair of the Ohio Advisory Board of the Asian Pacific American Public Affairs Association, and she is on the board of Shomrei Olam, an environmental non-profit.