Civic engagement keeps elected officials responsive to community needs, opens the doors of government to the public, and ensures transparency in decision-making and policy development. With more than a decade of experience in public sector communication and outreach, Amanda has the skill set to improve the way our city government communicates with residents.
As Councillor, Amanda will:
- Hold regular Ward 3 meetings where residents are invited to talk about what’s on their mind;
- Hold regular daytime and evening office hours in the ward so constituents can always get a face-to-face meeting;
- Communicate regularly via social media and e-newsletter;
- Partner with the School Committee to publicize district news & events;
- Advocate for greater translation of city materials so that every Malden resident can access the services they need;
- Push for childcare and in-language interpretation at important city meetings so that everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in civic life;
- Support a requirement that all executive committee meeting minutes be reviewed at least every six months;
- Distribute materials in an ADA-compliant format and continually review accessibility practices in concert with the community;
- Always return your call, because a Councillor pushing for accessible government should walk the walk. Amanda welcomes calls from Ward 3 residents on her cell phone at 617-388-1556.
In addition to bringing better communication to Ward 3, Amanda views the role of City Council as leading the way on equity and inclusion citywide.
Amanda is an experienced manager with expertise in hiring, recruiting and retention of diverse candidates; she is a proponent of diversifying City Hall , the school department, and the composition of our elected and appointed boards and commissions to better reflect our city’s demographics. She believes that representation matters in positions of education and public service, and will advocate for more modern HR policies that broaden the pool of applicants, provide more flexible ways of demonstrating skills and experience to ensure candidates apply who reflect the makeup of the city they will be serving, and allowing for more effective recruitment and retention of candidates with care-giving responsibilities by updating our policies around remote work, flex hours and job sharing. Amanda views this as a key goal for the City Council and is in favor of offering mandatory training in cultural competency, racial bias, and equity in hiring in retention for department heads, to foster an environment of shared work toward the goals of inclusion in Malden.