Three months after first meeting at the gate of a flight back to Washington, D.C. from a work trip in 2012, Aurora Steinle and Mike Lamb, a native Hyde Parker, finally went on their first date to a tiny Thai place near their Washington, D.C. neighborhood.
Though they’ve been together ever since, they kept their dates quiet from colleagues in the Obama Administration for six months, finally going public at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.
At the time, both were working for Arne Duncan at the U.S. Department of Education, Aurora in the Office of the Secretary and Mike in the Office of School Turnaround. Aurora is now the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Performance at the Deputy Mayor for Education’s office in D.C., while Mike is the Executive Director, Washington, D.C. for Turnaround for Children, an education non-profit.
Mike is a Hyde Park native, having attended Ancona and Lab School, and his parents Don Lamb, a Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, and Linda Gilkerson, a Professor at Erikson Institute, both still live in Hyde Park. After leaving Hyde Park, Mike went off to Duke University for a degree in Public Policy while getting his teaching certificate. He then taught middle school on the South Side of Chicago before leaving to go work on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in Iowa in 2007.
Meanwhile, Aurora was spending eight years in St. Louis first getting a degree in Neuroscience and then a Master’s in Social Work as well as a Law Degree from Washington University. She grew up in Laguna Beach, California where her father Larry Steinle is a landscape architect. Her mother Pamela Steinle is a Professor of American Culture Studies at California State University–Fullerton.
Mike and Aurora share a love of hiking, education, and cooking at their home in Washington, D.C., and were married at Cafe Brauer in Chicago, surrounded by family and friends on Sunday, May 27th.