Born: Brooklyn, New York. 1943. Ms. Chiara was associated with a private law firm in rural Cass County, Michigan before becoming a twice elected Cass County Prosecutor. Ms Chiara was the first and only woman elected to serve as president of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM).
Law was Ms. Chiara's second career. For twelve years she was a teacher and educational administrator. Interest in education law and school finance reform led to Rutgers Law School. She has a masters in administration from Pace University and her undergraduate degree is from Fordham University.
Ms. Margaret Mary Chiara was nominated to the position of United States Attorney by President George W. Bush on September 4, 2001, and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on October 23, 2001, as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. Ms. Chiara was sworn in as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan on October 29, 2001.
Ms. Chiara resigned her position as United States Attorney effective March 16, 2007.