Michelle Christensen grew up in San Jose, California, hanging out in the garage with her dad while he worked on muscle cars. She soon discovered car design could be a career, and, melding her interests in design, cars and working with her hands, she decided to study at ArtCenter. While a transportation design student, Christensen worked on an innovative design that caught the attention of Acura recruiters, and after graduating, she became Acura’s first female exterior car designer. Her class project eventually emerged as the groundbreaking 2010 Acura ZDX crossover vehicle. She was the first woman to design a supercar, overseeing the exterior design of the smash-hit 2017 Acura NSX, taking the brand back to its roots in racing and performance. She also led the acclaimed design for the cutting-edge Acura Precision Concept car, which debuted at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.