“I grew up with Margaret Thatcher, so for me it’s nothing new. I know a woman can run a country,” – Michelle Fenty
She’s stylish, accomplished and a force to be reckoned with. Meet Washington, D.C.’s other “First Lady”, Michelle Fenty, wife of D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty.
Born and raised just outside of London, Michelle is one of three daughters. Her parents, who are of Jamaican descent, did not move to the United States until Michelle was 18 years old. The move was prompted by the Michelle’s parents wanting to be closer their parents who had moved to New York City. It was perhaps her move to the big apple that sparked her career aspirations. “I grew up wanting to be a teacher. Part of that was not being exposed to female lawyers and doctors. It wasn’t until I was much older that I decided on the law.” Michelle chose Howard Law School in 1994 as the place to begin honing the intellectual capital that she still relies on to this day. It was at Howard Law School that she met her future husband who coincidentally asked her to be his mentor. “I was a couple years ahead of him, a third year preparing to get out when he was coming in.” Not surprisingly, Adrian Fenty had a crush on his new mentor and it wasn’t long before they began dating long distance after Michelle graduated and moved back to New York. As the saying goes, the rest is history, as the couple eventually wed and currently are the parents to twin 9-year-old boys and an 11 month-old daughter.
If you were to research Michelle online, you would likely not find too many personal details about her life, but what you will find are the kind of accomplishments and noteworthy community involvement that would make any woman proud to read about. Michelle is still a practicing attorney, specializing in the intricate field of global technology. When asked about her choice to continue her career, Michelle had this to say, “I have spent a lot of years studying to be an attorney, and I felt it was important for me to continue to work and contribute,” she says, “Not just to my household, but to my personal fulfillment as well.” As if being a mother to three young children and the wife of a politician weren’t enough to contend with, Michelle has also taken on some major charitable efforts including servings as president of the advisory board for the Capital Breast Cancer Center and previous involvement supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington. Michelle does all of this while at the same time maintaining a sophisticated style that got her recognized by The Washingtonian.
It’s hard not to draw the parallels between Michelle Fenty and First Lady Michelle Obama. Oh to be a fly on the wall when these two powerhouse women take time out to support each other’s charitable events as they have done on several occasions in the past. Michelle Fenty is a career woman, a mother, a wife in the spotlight and a community leader. When asked about how she handles it all, her response was simply, “I basically approach each day knowing that I may not accomplish the goals I set out to do in the morning, but I’m OK with that because, at the end of the day, I am trying to achieve so many things.”