Former New York State First Lady Michelle Paige most recently served as the Director of Community Relations, Programs & Corporate Events at EmblemHealth, where she provided support for the state’s growing population of unpaid family caregivers who administer care daily for their loved ones. She assisted these individuals by providing them with resources through a variety of services, programs and initiatives to help ease the burden of caregiving. During her career she has also focused on evidence-based programs that promote healthy living, with a concentration on childhood obesity and stress-related ailments. Having spent her career working for hospitals and healthcare providers to improve people’s health, Ms. Paige is now expanding her focus to work with women who need guidance around stress-related issues, such as family and work related matters.
As New York’s First Lady, in partnership with her then husband Governor David Paterson, Ms. Paige’s public service efforts included working to turn the fitness challenge she created for her home community of Harlem into a statewide initiative called "Healthy Steps to Albany: First Lady’s Challenge”. The program challenged middle school students to lead healthy lifestyles through exercising and healthy eating. Through collaboration with New York schools, state agencies and community organizations this program aimed to foster positive healthy changes in children’s lives.
Ms. Paige currently serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine – Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, and is an Advisory Board Member of the Common Good; a non-partisan information and public advocacy organization of the media, business, arts and entertainment communities. Ms. Paige is also a member of the Links, Incorporated; a national women’s organization that enhances the quality of life programs in communities across the country. Ms. Paige’s community service activities include assisting victims of domestic violence. She spent three years as an on-call volunteer at the St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital where she counseled injured domestic violence victims in the emergency room about the services available through various hospitals and state government programs.
Michelle Paige has a M.S. in Health Services Management from the Milano Graduate School in New York City and a B.A. from Syracuse University. She recently received her Professional Certification Certificate in Executive Leadership Coaching from Rutgers University.