Michelle Kwan

September 10, 2013

Michelle Kwan, member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, has won five world figure skating titles, nine national titles and two Olympic medals.

In November 2006, the U.S. Secretary of State appointed her as the first U.S. Public Diplomacy envoy. In this capacity, she travels the world and meets with young people to speak about leadership, and to engage them in dialogue on social and educational issues. In June 2010, President Obama appointed Kwan to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition -- a group that advises the president on ways to engage and educate Americans to lead active, healthy lifestyles. In December 2010, Kwan was elected to the Board of Directors of Special Olympics International, the organization’s ultimate governing authority responsible for global affairs and strategies. In June 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appointed Kwan to serve on the newly-formed Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports -- created to elevate the global awareness of sports as a means of empowerment. Kwan is currently employed by the State Department as a senior adviser for public diplomacy and public affairs, a position she has held since October 2012. She graduated from the University of Denver in November 2008 with a degree in International Studies. In May 2011, Kwan received a master’s degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Michelle has earned numerous awards and honors including, the 2003 U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) SportsWoman of the Year, 2001 Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in America, 1998 Sportswoman of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation, the 2002 and 2003 Kids’ Choice Award, the 2002 Teen Choice Award as America’s favorite female athlete, and 2002 CosmoGirl! of the Year. In 2000, she was selected one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World.” In May 2010, she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Southern Vermont College.

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