Throughout her life, Amanda Mays Bledsoe has consistently stepped up when she could make a difference. With an extensive background in both public policy and community service, Amanda was elected to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council’s 10th District seat in 2014.
Amanda serves on three of the four standing committees including Budget, Finance and Economic Development, Planning and Public Safety, and General Government and Social Services. In the official role as Councilmember, Amanda also serves on the Mayor’s International Affairs Advisory Commission, the Aquatics Steering Committee, the Ethics Review Subcommittee, the Lexington Area Metro Planning Organization, and the Corridors Commission. To review her first year in office, please follow this link: http://www.amandaforlex.com/successful-2015/
With her family having lived in the 10th District in southwest Lexington for four generations, Amanda learned the timeless values of hard work and the responsibility to serve others, which has shaped her into the leader she is today. Amanda first began a commitment to public service at the Council of State Governments’ national headquarters in Lexington. As a Senior Policy Analyst, she worked in a nonpartisan manner with elected officials from all over the country on some of the most critical challenges facing state and local governments today. This included working in cooperation with the private sector to identify successful ways government can create a business-friendly environment so entrepreneurs can create jobs and economic opportunity.
Amanda worked on projects related to state environmental and international trade policy, including negotiating agreements and sharing best practices with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Agency for International Development. Additionally, Amanda worked on broader policy trends in state and local government including the changing roles of government and public safety issues.
Amanda continued that commitment to public safety later as an adjunct faculty instructor at both Midway College and the Bluegrass Community and Technical College. She was responsible for teaching courses on homeland security where she had the chance to directly train first-responders on the roles of government at all levels in emergency preparedness and disaster management.
Amanda has also been involved with a number of community organizations, all of which focus on serving our neighbors in need, especially women and children. Such involvement has included providing free, quality health care for at-risk women as the 2009 Chair of the Board of the Assurance Care Center.
Amanda invests in the next generation by serving as a Board member of the Christian Student Fellowship at the University of Kentucky. She has also worked to support fathers and daughters in Lexington by co-founding Her Knight Dance, which raises funds for parenting initiatives in Central Kentucky.
With degrees in both Philosophy and Classical Studies from Hillsdale College, Amanda received her Master’s degree in International Affairs/National Security Policy from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. She and her husband, Todd, have two children and are actively involved at Southland Christian Church.