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New Leadership Delivering Results for Our Community

Michelle grew up in the east side of St. Paul and bought her first home in Woodbury in 2005.


She worked in City Government leadership for 12 years which included partnering with Dakota, Washington, and Ramsey counties on state mandates, joint partnerships/collaborations, securing funds, and city/county operations and services.


She has a master’s degree in public administration from Hamline University and a bachelor’s degree in paralegal with a minor in sociology from Winona State University. 


Michelle is a single mom to Brook (10) and Teegan (8) who attend public school. If elected, she would be the first single-parent representative to be elected on the Washington County board. A single parent is a valued perspective that should be represented on the board.  


Michelle plans to advocate for mental health services, climate action, affordable daycare, clean water, and safe schools.

Read her full bio here and check out who has endorsed her here.

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"I care about you. I'm not a politician, I'm a long-time public servant and advocate who is on your side. Let me work for you." - Michelle Clasen

Woodbury Community Leadership 

past and current

  • Senate 47 Delegate

  • Small Business Mentor

  • ISD 833 School Volunteer 

  • Salvo Soccer Volunteer Coach

  • Senate 47 Convention Rules Committee

  • Woodbury Chamber of Commerce member

  • Woodbury Spinnaker Cove II Townhome Association Board

Teamwork Wins


Teamwork is critical in government - it's more efficient and better for the taxpayer. During my 12 years of working in local government we were able to achieve many successful projects, here is a list of partnerships I led and supported:


  • Semi-finalist Amazon HQ2 Project, MN DEED, and City of Inver Grove Heights.

  • ISD 199 and City of Inver Grove Heights Election Partnership in 2018 Elections, fastest results in Dakota County.

  • Election Electronic Device (Pollpad) Grant, MN Secretary of State, Dakota County, and City of Inver Grove Heights.

  • Goodwill and City of Landfall, conduit bond financing to provide a new revenue stream to the City’s Budget.

  • Washington County CDA and City of Landfall’s Housing Redevelopment Authority partnership, oversaw financial reporting and statutory compliance requirements.  

  • KaBoom Playground, MN Vikings, City of Falcon Heights, MnDOT, Ramsey County Public Works – Curtiss Field Playground and Larpenteur Avenue Basin Improvements.

  • Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Tree Replacement Grant, MN Dept of Natural Resources and the City of Falcon Heights.

  • Business Retention and Expansion Leadership Committee, City of Hugo, MN DEED, U of M Extension Services, local community leaders and business owners to promote economic development in Hugo.

  • The Association of Non-Smokers Minnesota, Tobacco-Free Alliance, and City of Falcon Heights electronic device and 21 age restriction purchase of tobacco products.

  • City-Wide Recycling Service Agreement - U of M Commonwealth Terrace Cooperative, City of Falcon Heights, and Ramsey County Environmental Services.

  • Expand Senior Educational Resources with U of M Osher Learning Center and City of Falcon Heights partnership.

  • Solar Panel funding partnership on City of Falcon Heights’ buildings creating energy savings of 80%.

Achievements & Education

  • Grant award recipient $120,000 Emergency Management Infrastructure improvements - Department of Homeland Security.

  • Grant award recipient $75,000 Tennis Court Improvements – USTA Tennis

  • Grant award recipient $100,000 Playground and Park Improvements - KaBoom and Minnesota Vikings

  • Grant award recipient $20,000 Tree and Boulevard Improvement - Minnesota Vikings.

  • Master’s in Public Administration – Hamline University School of Management

  • Bachelor's in Paralegal, minor in Sociology - Winona State University

  • SCORE Business Mentor Certification

  • Minnesota Clerk & Finance Association- Certified Municipal Clerk

  • Leadership Series Certification – DCTC 

Committee Service Leadership & Liaison Responsibility Experiences

  • Hugo Business Association board

  • Hugo Good Neighbor Food Shelf board  

  • City of Hugo Business Retention and Expansion Leadership Committee

  • Producer, That’s Hugo Today

  • Liaison, City of Hugo Tornado Recovery Committee

  • Liaison, City of Falcon Heights Human Rights Commission

  • Liaison, City of Falcon Heights Parks and Recreation Commission

  • League of MN Cities Election Task Force

  • 2018 HAVA Election Security Fund Subcommittee: Communications and Statewide Voter Registration System Task Force member

  • League of MN Cities Data Practice Task Force                          

  • Minnesota Association of Government Communications

  • Minnesota Clerk & Finance Association (MCFOA)

  • International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC)

  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

  • Association of Public Management Professionals (APMP), President

  • Minnesota Cities/County Management Association (MCMA)

  • Metro Area Managers Association (MAMA)

  • Women in Leisure Services (WILS)

  • Minnesota Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA)

  • National Parks and Recreation Association (NPRA)

  • Winona State Paralegal Association, Vice President

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