As founding partner and co-head of Northern Trust's Philadelphia office, Michelle leads business strategy and execution for the wealth management practice in the region. She and her colleagues work with corporate executives, private business owners, multigenerational families, and endowed nonprofit organizations. Founded in 1889, Northern Trust has been rated the Best Private Bank in the U.S. for 11 of the past 13 years by the Financial Times.
Michelle’s commitment to the Philadelphia community is evident in her extensive history of nonprofit board work. For the past seven years, including throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Michelle has served on the board of Main Line Health, one of the largest employers in the Philadelphia region with four acute care hospitals and more than 11,000 employees. She is also deeply involved with the Committee of Seventy, a nonpartisan watchdog group founded in 1904 that advocates for voter engagement, fair elections, and ethical government. She is an active member of the Forum of Executive Women, and in 2019 she was appointed to the Pennsylvania Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. Michelle is a former board chair of Philabundance, the largest hunger-relief organization in southeast Pennsylvania, and she has served on boards and committees for WHYY, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the Center City District Foundation, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Pig Iron Theatre Company, and many other organizations.
Michelle is a recipient of the Woman of Distinction award by the Philadelphia Business Journal and has received additional awards and honors from the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia Magazine, and Trusts & Estates magazine. Many years ago, she acted on an Emmy-nominated television show and caught the first pitch at a Phillies baseball game.