Michelle Easton is the president of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute (CBLPI), an organization she founded in 1993 which puts forward conservative women role models who promote traditional family values and prepares young women for conservative leadership. CBLPI also produces an annual calendar and hosts campus lectures, conferences, seminars, and summits featuring and honoring rising conservative women leaders.
Prior to founding CBLPI, Michelle received Presidential appointments from both Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush with Senate confirmation for her position at the U.S. Department of Education, serving the full 12 years of their administrations. During the Reagan Administration she also served as Private Voluntary Liaison of the Agency for International Development’s Africa Bureau and as the first Director of President Reagan’s new Missing Children’s Program at the U.S. Department of Justice.
In 1994, Virginia Governor George Allen appointed Michelle to the State Board of Education, whose members later elected her president of the Board. She led the Board to create nationally acclaimed academic standards, tests, and a rigorous new system of accountability for both students and schools.
Prior to her government service, Michelle worked five years for Young Americans for Freedom and two years for National Right to Work, putting herself through law school at night to graduate from American University’s Washington School of Law in 1980. She received her BA in development psychology from Briarcliff College in New York where she briefly taught elementary school before moving to Washington, D.C., in 1973.
Michelle travels widely to promote conservative principles and speaks at conferences, meetings, and campus events. She has been interviewed on hundreds of talk radio programs and television programs, including C-SPAN. She lives in Reston, Virginia, with her husband, Ron Robinson, and they have three grown sons and two grandchildren.