Amanda K. Edwards is an attorney and native Houstonian with a passion for building communities through public service. Amanda knows the City of Houston faces critical challenges and key opportunities, and is now an At-Large City Council Member seeking to be part of long-term solutions that will move all of Houston forward.
Currently, Amanda serves as the Vice Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee. She also serves on the Economic Development and the Transportation, Infrastructure and Technology Committees. Through her service, Amanda seeks to help make Houston the place where the Gulf Coast and the World’s future meet.
Growing up in northwest Houston, Amanda’s passion for community building began at an early age. Amanda lost her father to cancer as a teenager, and his battle opened her eyes to serious policy deficiencies in the U.S. health care system and inspired her to effect change by empowering her community.
Amanda attended Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD and Emory University in Atlanta, where she earned a degree in political science and served as student body president for the college. Amanda earned many accolades at Emory including both the Emory Academic Excellence and Overall Excellence Awards, and was inducted to the Emory University Hall of Fame. While in Atlanta, Amanda gained valuable community building and public policy experience, working in community development corporations as a Community Building and Social Change Fellow and in the Georgia State Legislature. Amanda’s experiences broadened her perspective about how to effect change through urban policy and collaboration.
Soon thereafter, Amanda worked for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee in Washington before earning her degree from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, Amanda served as a Criminal Justice Institute student attorney, chaired the Harvard Black Law Students Association Spring Conference and was awarded the Elaine Osborne Jacobson Award for her commitment to serving underserved populations in the healthcare law arena.
Compelled by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Amanda relocated to New Orleans. While there, Amanda served as a judicial law clerk for Federal District Court Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle and founded Project NOW: The New Orleans Writing Project, which inspired New Orleans youth to empower themselves and their community through the power of writing.
Amanda returned home to Houston with a broadened perspective and interest in impacting her community. Amanda practices law as a municipal finance attorney, where she solves complex issues relating to tax-exempt bond financings, public-private partnerships, community development projects, and non-profit organizations.
Amanda also maintains a strong commitment to community service. She has served as President of the Board of Directors for Project Row Houses in the Historical Third Ward community and on numerous other civic boards and committees, including Texas Lyceum, Texas One Voice: A Health and Human Services Collaborative, and the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals. Amanda is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Amanda is a graduate of the Center for Houston’s Future Business/Civic Leadership Forum, Leadership Houston, and the United Way’s Project Blueprint. She resides in Midtown and attends St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes.