Michelle Yao currently works as Senior Manager, Communications at United Way Toronto. In this position, Michelle works closely with the Communications and Public Affairs team to communicate United Way’s impact in the community. Michelle comes from a career working in political communications. Most recently she served as Director of Communications to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. Previous roles include Communications Director to the Minister of Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Press Secretary for two other federal cabinet ministers. Some of Michelle’s most notable projects were the Crown-First Nations Gatherings and launching of the Nutrition North Program.