Amanda Edwards is a native Texan and a former Houston City Council Member who represented 2.3 million constituents, whose hands-on, results-oriented servant leadership is focused on empowering people to get the results they deserve. Amanda is an accomplished attorney and a grassroots servant leader with a long history as a fierce community advocate.
Amanda’s father was diagnosed with cancer when she was a child. By witnessing his battle with cancer (and now her mother’s), Amanda knows first-hand that access to health care is more than just a political issue: for so many Americans, it is a matter of life or death that impacts families. As a U.S. Senator, she will work tirelessly to expand access to quality, affordable healthcare coverage for all Texans.
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As a City Council Member, Amanda has proven herself to be a relentless advocate for residents. With an eye toward the future and a vision of an economy that works for all Houstonians, she has led city-wide efforts to cultivate technology, innovation, and public transit while planning for the effects of automation on the future of work. In fact, Houston’s new Innovation District (part of the recommendations stemming from the Tech & Innovation Task Force Amanda initiated) is now under construction. And Amanda has also led Houston’s efforts to reduce the disparities accessing capital faced by women and minorities who own small businesses.
One of Amanda’s guiding principles is, “be the solution.” When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in 2017, Amanda did just that by organizing hundreds of volunteers to provide ongoing relief efforts for Houston’s most vulnerable. Amanda’s community-based organizing work did not start as an elected official.
While in college, Amanda served as a Community Building and Social Change fellow, working in 6 Atlanta neighborhood Community Development Corporations (CDCs) to achieve optimal and comprehensive outcomes for residents. Amanda also served as Board President of Project Row Houses (grassroots arts-based non-profit) in the Historic Third Ward in Houston, where she worked alongside residents to cultivate buy-in and collaboration in order to help transform the community in a manner consistent with the community vision. Through her community-based work, Amanda appreciates that in order to achieve sustainable long-term change in a community, the community must buy-in and help own the vision and its execution.
Amanda graduated from Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Emory University in 2004 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2007. While at Harvard, Amanda was a student attorney for the Criminal Justice Institute. After law school, Amanda clerked for Federal District Court Judge Ivan Lemelle in New Orleans. While in New Orleans, Amanda also founded Project NOW: The New Orleans Writing Project in order to empower young people through the power of writing. She began her career practicing law as a municipal finance attorney at Vinson & Elkins LLP and then at Bracewell LLP. Amanda resides in the core of Houston and attends St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes.
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