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Meet Michelle

An advocate for public education, Michelle Richardson Bailey was first elected to the Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education District 3 on March 7, 2017. Michelle grew up in Pasadena. She and her three children are products of PUSD schools. She has one grandchild currently attending school in PUSD.

With 20 years as a classified employee of the Pasadena Unified School District and County Office of Education, Michelle brings important experience to the Board of Education. She served as secretary at Blair High School and was previously secretary at Pasadena High School and in the Superintendent's office. She is currently the Board Vice-President.

Since being elected to the board, Michelle has chaired the Facilities and Safety board sub-committees and appointed as board liaison to the Community Oversight Committee, and the Community Advisory Committee. Michelle has also served on the PUSD Branding Advisory Committee, the LCAP Committee, the district's AB 86 and Professional Development Committees, and the PTSA and School Site Council of Blair School. She also founded the Superintendent's Advisory Council, now known as the Classified Advisory Council.

Since the age of 17, Michelle has volunteered in this community and on the boards of several non-profits advocating for youth and young adults. She has served as Church Trustee, Vice Chair, Church Parliamentarian, Executive Board member, Bylaws Committee Chair, and Policies and Procedures Committee chair at the church where she worships.

Michelle's community service includes Vice Chair of the Robinson Park Steering Committee, Pasadena Human Relations Commission chair, and advisor to the youth component of the Commission. She has also served as Chair of Pasadena's Northwest Commission. She is a graduate of the Citizen's Police Academy, Class #25, and Leadership Pasadena Class of 2017.

Michelle received her BA degree in Community Psychology in 2021 and will complete her MA degree in Organization Leadership and Management in December 2022. She is a current board member of the Darden Law Leadership Academy, and on the board of the California Association of Black School Educators, CABSE. She supports several PUSD initiatives and programs that align with two resolutions in support of our students, PUSD's commitment to Black and Latinx students, respectively.

She resides in her childhood home with her husband.


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