Michelle Mitchell brings over a decade of experience in public policy and government relations to her role as Senior Associate Director of Government Affairs. An experienced strategist, Michelle advances ANA's legislative priorities on Capitol Hill. Michelle joined ANA after serving as Manager of Legislative Affairs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). At PPFA, she built strategic partnerships and strengthened PPFA's congressional relationships to advocate for women’s reproductive healthcare, family planning and sex education.
Before working at PPFA, Michelle was a congressional staffer for eight years. She served as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Congressman William Lacy Clay where she oversaw staff, established the legislative agenda, drafted legislation and was a key point of contact for congressional committees, constituents and advocacy groups. Previously, she worked as Professional Staff on the House Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and National Archives. As a committee staffer, she gained valuable experience writing floor statements, crafting amendments, conducting congressional investigations, and vetting witnesses. Prior to beginning her policy career, Michelle was a therapist for children who were survivors of domestic violence. Raised in St. Louis, MO, Michelle obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.