I am originally from Long Island, New York but grew up in New Bern, North Carolina. I moved to Raleigh to attend Peace College. My husband and I met 13 years ago and we have a five year old son, who is the light of our lives. - Michelle Wang, Program Director Civic Kids' Story Hour & Founding Mother
1. Who was the first political figure that inspired you?
Barack Obama was the first political figure that inspired me. I believed, and still do, in his message of hope and unity. It inspired me to focus on the good that government can do in the lives of our citizens.
2. What is your favorite thing about Raleigh?
My favorite thing about Raleigh is the people. The diverse mix of cultures makes Raleigh a unique place, unlike anywhere else in the South.
3. What lesson or saying did you learn from a parent/grandparent that you still live by today?
Pasta is best served at a table full of family and friends.
4. Why is civic engagement important to you?
I believe civic engagement leads to a stronger, more unified community. I want to be a role model for my son and raise him to be a part of something larger than himself.
5. If you had three wishes, what would they be?
1) Access to quality educational opportunities for every child and adult.
2) My son will grow up happy and healthy and work to make the world a better place.
3) To travel the world.
6. Who was your favorite teacher and why?
My first business professor, at Craven Community College, encouraged me to major in Business Administration. I went on to earn my Masters in Business Administration degree, worked in finance, and I now teach the next generation of business leaders.
7. What is your hope for the next generation?
I hope the next generation will have all the opportunities that previous generations have had, and more than we can even imagine. They must have health and safety with opportunity to thrive. I hope every child knows they can make a difference in the world.