Michelle Dillingham

Elected in 2019 to Vestry

Michelle Dillingham

Cathedral member since 2012


Cathedral Ministry Involvement

  • Cast member, Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival
  • Member, Planning committee, Community Issues Forum
  • Former member, Nominating Committee
  • Former diocesan convention delegate



  • Great Books Program (Year 1), St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM
  • BA (Psychology) Reed College, Portland, OR
  • MSW (Social Work Administration), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH


Professional Experience

  • CEO, Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati
  • Coordinator, Cincinnati Educational Justice Coalition
  • Adjunct professor, University of Cincinnati, School of Social Work
  • Former director of education, Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless
  • Former chief of staff, Office of the Vice Mayor (David Crowley), City of Cincinnati


Community Volunteer Experience

  • Member, Executive Committee and Precinct Executive Ward 14-B, Hamilton County Democratic Party
  • Member, Executive Committee, Cincinnati NAACP
  • Member, National Association of Social Workers
  • Member Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus
  • Board member, Mill Creek Council of Communities
  • Member and human services appointee, City of Cincinnati Community Development Advisory Board
  • State commissioner, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
  • Former member ad/or chair, officer or trustee of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Program Committee and Budget and Finance Committee; Woodford Elementary Local School Decision-Making Committee; Urban Minority Alcoholism Drug Abuse Outreach Project; University of Cincinnati School of Social Work Alumni Board; Kennedy Heights Community Council; Kennedy Heights Grant Review Team; Kennedy Heights Neighborhood Support Program; Over-the-Rhine Homegrown (urban farm collective); Cincinnati Blue Green Alliance; City of Cincinnati Urban Agriculture Advisory Board; Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council Development Team; City of Cincinnati/Hamilton County Fair Housing Advisory Committee; ADA Steering Committee and Accessibility for All Planning Committee; Mayor Mark Mallory’s Young Professionals Kitchen Cabinet Health and Environment Committee; University of Cincinnati’s 2010 Food Congress Planning Committee and Publicity Committee; ARC Hamilton County Policy Advisory Committee; Affordable Housing Educational Forum Planning Committee; CeaseFire Cincinnati Steering Committee and Public Education Committee; Affordable Housing Advocates


Candidate Statement

I accept the nomination for the position of vestry for Christ Church Cathedral. The strengths I would bring to the position would be my experience with long-term board membership and board committee participation in the areas of policy development, program evaluation, coalition-building and advocacy. My professional background includes supervising large teams and managing multi-site and multi-county projects. I would consider this commitment as a way for me to give back to the Christ Church Cathedral community.