Hello, my name is Amanda, and I am excited to run for Woodbury City Council. I have a passion for advocating, equity, and standing up for doing the right thing. I love living in Woodbury, and am ready to take our city to the next level. I have a background in science and public policy, so I will fully and comprehensively evaluate any policies before voting to implement them. With the fast rate that Woodbury has grown, we need to be smart and base our decisions on evidence and possible consequences for our citizens before giving the “green light.” I’m ready to work together with you to help Woodbury take that next step.
Read on to get to know a little bit about me:
I grew up in the town of Wabasha, MN (you may know it from the film “Grumpy Old Men”), and am the oldest of four kids. I graduated from Wabasha-Kellogg High School, and pursued a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota. After that, I moved to Ames, Iowa to pursue a Master of Science in Genetics. My professional career includes working in the private sector as a Clinical Lab Scientist at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview as well as the public sector as a Forensic Scientist. Ready to move beyond the bench, I achieved a Master of Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (public policy) from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Now, I am a legislative analyst, very active in multiple roles with my union (Minnesota Association of Professional Employees), and have experience lobbying at the state capitol. My husband and I live on the west side of Woodbury with our two daughters and cat. We enjoy walking the beautiful area trails, and have fun scoping out the many eateries of the city. I especially enjoy a good stout, sushi roll, or coffee.
My political activism began in 8th grade where I was a student representative for a school referendum. I found the liaison work to be very fulfilling, and I took great pride in speaking on behalf of my fellow students. I continued to support means to invoke positive change throughout high school (e.g. petitioning to the school board to prevent cutting our Dance Team) and college (e.g. partnering with the Ronald McDonald House and college freshmen to provide Christmas gifts and other residence hall programs to increase community engagement). To empower young women, I became a Dance Team Coach for area high schools. I used this sport as a vehicle to teach high school girls the skills they would need to become successful, confident young women. I continue to find avenues to bridge my analytical brain with positive change.
I look forward to meeting you, and hope I can earn your vote in November!