Michelle Obama

Born:January 17, 1964 (age 56)
Career:First lady of the United States, 2009-2017
Education:B.A., Princeton University
J.D., Harvard Law School

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama was first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama. The Obamas were the first African-American president and first lady of the United States. She is also a lawyer and a writer.

Obama was born January 17, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois and raised on Chicago's south side. She graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1985 with a B.A. in sociology (and a minor in African-American studies) and earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988. Following law school, Obama worked as an associate in the Chicago branch of the law firm Sidley Austin in the area of marketing and intellectual property. There in 1989, she met her future husband, a summer intern, whom she was assigned as an adviser. They married on October 18, 1992.

Obama served as an assistant to the mayor 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. She 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 and external affairs. In May 2005, she was appointed vice president of community and external affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She also managed the business diversity program. Her husband was elected to the U.S. Senate from Illinois in 2004 and in 2007, she scaled back her own professional work to attend to family and campaign obligations during his run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Promoting service and working with young people has remained a staple of her career and her interest. Continuing this effort now as first lady, Obama, in 2010, launched Let's Move!, a campaign to bring together community leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, moms and dads in a nationwide effort to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity. Let's Move! has an ambitious but important goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. In 2011, Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces, a nationwide initiative to mobilize society to give service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned, and to raise awareness of military families' unique needs as pertains to employment, education and wellness.

Biography excerpted from http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=307592

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