Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Welcome Amanda Meza to Investing in Place Staff

amanda-mezaWe are excited to welcome Amanda Meza to the Investing in Place team as our Advocacy and Policy Associate!

Amanda is the third full-time staffer at Investing in Place and will be leading our work groups (Just Growth, Completing Streets, and Community-Responsive Governance) and our policy and legislative efforts. She brings years of experience as a teacher, community organizer, and former legislative staffer with a California Assembly Office.

Please feel free to reach out to her and welcome her to the team! You can email her at amanda@investinginplace.org and follow her on Twitter here.

Thank you to everyone who applied and interviewed with our team. As we build a better Los Angeles County, we’re so grateful to everyone who supports our work.

Onward and upward,

Jessica Meaney

P.S. For reference, here’s Amanda’s bio: Amanda Meza is the Advocacy and Policy Associate with Investing in Place. As a former teacher and community organizer at heart, Amanda is deeply rooted in a vision of engagement at the local and state level to create the systemic change necessary for stronger communities.

Amanda has worked in the California legislature focusing on environmental justice legislation like AB 2153 that resulted in the largest continuous source of funding for the clean-up of Exide in Southeast Los Angeles. Previously, Amanda organized parents around issues regarding clean streets, more jobs, and a higher minimum wage. In this role, she was able to engage over 1,800 parents at the Los Angeles Convention Center to rally behind a unified agenda before elected officials and community leaders.

In her free time, Amanda serves on the regional strategy team for Angelenos Organizing for Education (AO4E), a coalition of teachers, parents, and students focused on creating education equity here in Los Angeles. Her most favorite thing, though, are long walks with her baby pitbull Blue and fiancé Gene.



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