Amanda Farias is a lifelong Bronxite with a passion for public service. Born and raised in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx, Amanda is a second generation Puerto Rican-Dominican who understands firsthand the hardships of living in one of the most underserved areas of the United States. Born the oldest of three children in a single parent household, Amanda learned at an early age the value of hard work as she helped to support her family.
Amanda first entered public life by fighting voter suppression and mobilizing Black and Latino communities for President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. Since then, Amanda has worked diligently in the New York City Council to strengthen our public schools through overseeing of SMART technology upgrades for students and classrooms, develop and expand job-training programs for the unemployed and underemployed, and protecting our seniors by securing additional funding to fight food insecurity.
For several years, Amanda managed the City Council’s Women’s Caucus, where she organized campaigns around equal pay, women’s healthcare services, and providing more opportunities for Minority-and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs).
Amanda also served as the Director for Participatory Budgeting for Council District 30, where she spearheaded the allocation of over one million dollars in capital funds, as voted on by thousands of local residents, to improve public schools, libraries, and parks in the district.
Amanda is a proud product of Bronx schools, she attended P.S. 69, Holy Cross School and Preston High School in the Bronx. She holds a B.A. in Government and Politics and an M.A. in International Relations from St. John’s University.