is a first generation Iranian American. Her mom made sure she learned of the opportunities that were afforded to her in America — opportunities that her mom didn’t have growing up in Iran. Michelle has carried that lesson with her for her entire life, and it motivated her to spend her career in public service fighting for women’s rights, because she knows we can’t take those rights for granted.
Michelle is the Executive Director of The Women’s Law Center of Maryland, a non-profit that fights for the physical safety, economic security, and bodily autonomy of women through legal representation and legislative advocacy. In this role Michelle has advocated for transformational policy ideas like Paid Family Leave, equal pay for equal work, safety for victims of domestic violence, and bodily autonomy for Maryland women. She previously served as an Assistant Maryland Attorney General and the Board President of Planned Parenthood of Maryland but began her career as a practicing attorney.
Michelle’s first job was at a private law firm but when she was pregnant with her oldest son, the firm sidelined her and put her career on the backburner. That experience helped push her towards a career in public service because she knew that far too many Maryland families faced similar challenges.
Michelle lives in Cockeysville with her husband and two sons. Her father is the son of an Ohio coal miner and her mother is an Iranian immigrant. Siri was born in the United States but spent more than the first year of her life in Iran until her family was forced to flee Ayatollah Khomeini’s regime preceding the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
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