Michelle Paninopoulos was elected to Narberth Borough Council in 2018. She has served on the Infrastructure and Finance & Administration Committees, previously served as the Chair of the Property Committee, and has spearheaded the Parking Study Task Force.
Michelle is a native of Delaware County. She moved back to the area in 2007 with her husband Allan, a Minnesota native. They first purchased a twin on Rockland Avenue, drawn by the sidewalks, close-knit community, safety, proximity of the train, and that special something that makes Narberth be “Our Town.” They have raised their children Gus (17), Oscar (15) and Lucy (12) on Narberth’s south side, with Michelle walking them back and forth to Merion Elementary every day. After the family felt it was outgrowing the house on Rockland Avenue, in 2015 they decided to build a new house one street over, because they could not fathom leaving the Borough.
Michelle’s interest in community service started when she volunteered to help Narberth Greens work on the Cool Cities Proposal in 2007. She later served on the Board of the Narberth Civic Association until 2018, organizing the annual Potluck Dinner and revamping the website and membership database. Michelle was also active in the Merion HSA, managing the Classroom Parent liaison program for many years, and served as the Judge of Elections for Narberth’s Ward 3. In 2014 Michelle was appointed to the Zoning Hearing Board.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College with a double major in Philosophy and Women’s Studies and a minor in Music. She has lived in Northern California as well as Northern Italy, and has worked in a variety of industries, including non-profit arts development, computer network and systems administration, and as a sous chef in Chestnut Hill.
After her years of travel and exploration, Michelle earned a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she and Allan met. She practiced intellectual property litigation for five years at Faegre & Benson in Minneapolis.
Michelle is a dedicated lap swimmer and cannot wait for the pools to re-open. Introduced to yoga at Narberth’s Yoga Garden, she is a regular practitioner. She loves to cook, still plays the piano (and less frequently her guitar) from time to time, and loves playing board games or finding a great movie to watch with her family. She is an avid gardener, enjoys home improvement projects, and has never met a power tool she didn’t like.
Michelle’s promise to this community is to continue to serve with integrity, to listen to all voices, to come to the table prepared and work conscientiously on behalf of the community, and to remain always mindful that the decisions we make will affect generations to come.