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A native of Birmingham, Michelle Clemon currently serves as the Director of Sponsored Programs at Miles College, where she oversees the grants administration function for an institution with a student enrollment of approximately 1,600 students. In this role, she is actively involved in various aspects of institutional advancement, including development, corporate relations and donor relations.  In addition to her position at Miles College, Michelle is President/CEO of The Clemon Consulting Group, a human resources consulting firm with an emphasis on workplace investigations, contract review and organizational assessments. 

A licensed attorney, she practiced labor and employment law for a number of years with the Birmingham office of Maynard, Cooper & Gale. Following her time at Maynard, Michelle served as Vice President of Human Resources and Community Affairs for McWane, Inc., and subsequently served as Interim Chief Operating Officer of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham

Michelle is an active community volunteer, having served as the Chairman of the Board of both the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Vulcan Park and Museum. She has previously served on the boards of organizations such as The Women’s Fund, Impact Alabama and the Legal Aid Society. Michelle is especially interested in health issues that impact minority communities, and has devoted her time to raising funds and awareness for organizations such as the Sickle Cell Foundation of Central Alabama, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Diabetes Association and UAB’s Minority and Health Disparities Research Center.  She currently serves as an advisory board member for UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and also serves the American Heart Association as a member of its Social Determinants of Health Task Force.  She is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, where she is a former Vice President and Chair of Programs (Community Outreach). 

A product of the Birmingham City Schools, Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Yale University in 1996 and her law degree from Columbia Law School in 1999.

Why have you decided to serve as a Torchbearer for the JLB?
I was extremely honored when a member of the inaugural class, a friend of mine since we were teenagers, approached me about serving in this capacity this year. I was particularly attracted to the cause to which the funds will be gifted, One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center.  I love the idea of there being a “one stop shop” of resources being made available to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.    

What/who inspires you to be a Light in our community?  
My parents inspire me to be a Light in our community.  My father has devoted his life as an attorney and judge to securing and protecting the rights of those often viewed as the least among us.  My mother, a retired educator, is an extremely active community volunteer, devoting her time on almost a weekly basis to outreach activities through their church and our sorority chapter.  They both serve as tremendous models for what servant-leadership look like.  My service is a way to honor and promote their legacy as philanthropists. 


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