Amy’s role in Saint Paul’s City Hall is to represent Ward 5 constituents with an eye toward the betterment of the City as a whole. After only two years on office, Amy was also elected by her peers to serve as the Chair of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) of the City of Saint Paul. The HRA undertakes housing, commercial and business development activities for the City. It provides real estate acquisition opportunities, housing and commercial loans and grants, and the issuance of tax-exempt bonds. In 2018, Amy became the President of the City Council and continues in this role today.
Amy also actively serves on many boards and commissions such as Saint Paul Public Libraries Board, Saint Paul Regional Water Services (Vice-Chair), Rush Line Corridor Commission, Workforce Investment Board, Metro Cities- Association of Metropolitan Municipalities, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, and the Landmark Center Board of Directors.
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Before being elected to the City Council on 2011, Amy served as a mediator and spokesperson for the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office (1997-2006), as an account executive at a local ad agency (2006-2007), as an independent communications consultant (2007-2008) and as the marketing director for Saint Paul non-profit, Children’s Home Society and Family Services (2008-2011). Her work in all three sectors prepared her well for her first term in local elected office.
Amy lives in the South Como neighborhood with her three school-aged boys. She plays an active role in her young learners’ academic and social experience at Chelsea Heights Elementary and Open World Learning Magnet, both Saint Paul Public Schools. Amy and her family love spending time outdoors at nearby Como Park, Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary and Swede Hollow. They also take annual trips to YMCA Camp du Nord as well as partaking in other local adventuring. They are, however, tied to their small flock of backyard chickens, so Amy and her boys never stray too far from home.
In partnership with two of her life-long friends, Amy created and directed a fundraiser-triathlon for YMCA Camp St. Croix. Over the past 9 years, the event raised nearly $100,000 to ensure that kids from all financial backgrounds have the means to attend summer camp and to enjoy the out-of-doors. Close to home, Amy has introduced her neighbors to the tradition of “Flamingo Friday” a weekly, seasonal, outdoor potluck mingler. Each week, a different neighbor posts a couple of traveling pink flamingos in their yard to signal that they will host an after-work gathering on their front lawn that Friday evening. Neighbors bring their own chairs and refreshments, and get to know each other in a friendly and informal manner. Many neighbors have remarked that this simple “come-when-you-can” event has transformed the feel neighborhood. (Try it in your own neck of the woods!)
Amy believes in the core DFL values. The pursuit of fairness, justice and opportunity-for-all guide her decision-making at the Council and in her daily life.
Amy has been a consistent DFL caucus attendee, a regular delegate to DFL endorsing conventions, and a steadfast DFL voter. She also had the fortune of serving as a State delegate twice. Amy has volunteered on numerous campaigns and continues to door-knock and phone bank for progressive candidates every year. She was part of the successful passage of the Ranked Choice Voting ballot measure which was endorsed by the DFL and passed by the voters of Saint Paul. Amy believes that Ranked Choice “smartens up” elections by incentivizing candidates to run positive campaigns.