A Pittsburgh native, Michelle Ash, 45, had originally planned to go into law. But after a year at a local law firm, she decided on the world of policy instead.
Rather than move to her state’s capital, Harrisburg, which draws many young people, Ash chose a different path. “I decided D.C. was a better idea,” she said.
The University of Michigan graduate signed on with then-Rep. Ben Cardin, D-Md. Ash’s portfolio at the time included experience in foreign affairs, the judiciary, Social Security, and congressional ethics.
Ash went on to work with Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., in 1998, and came to the Energy and Commerce Committee when Waxman became chairman in 2009.
She now serves as the Democrats’ chief consumer-protection counsel, immersed in such issues as product safety, drug competition, data protection, and privacy.
This article appears in the April 18, 2013, edition of NJ Daily as Michelle Ash, Minority Chief Consumer Protection Counsel.