Michelle Woods Matthews

MPA Fellows, Class of 2023

Communications Manager, Office of Connecticut State Treasurer


Michelle Woods Matthews is currently the Communications Manager for Connecticut State Treasurer Shawn Wooden. She’s worked closely on the Treasurer’s CT Baby Bonds program and Corporate Call to Action: Coalition for Equity & Opportunity initiative, each designed to help narrow the racial wealth gap and spur long-term economic growth. Michelle is also the former Communications Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and Public and Legislative Affairs Manager of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, where she advocated to help protect and expand access to reproductive healthcare on the local, state, and federal level.

Earlier in her career, Michelle worked on President Obama’s 2012 campaign and taught civics to middle and high school level students while at the Close Up Foundation.

Michelle served on the Virginia Council of Women and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Modern Foreign Languages from James Madison University and a Master’s in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from la Universidad de Alcala. She also loves her dog dearly, Rihanna, who is a chocolate lab.

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