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Amanda Farias

Former Candidate for NYC Council
Amanda Farias is a lifelong Bronxite with a passion for public service. Born and raised in the Soundview section of the Bronx, Amanda is a second-generation American of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent. Soon after graduating from St. John’s University with a Master’s Degree in Political Science, Amanda’s political career began by fighting voter suppression and mobilizing Black and Latino communities for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Since then, she has spent five years working in the New York City Council, serving as Director of Special Projects managing the City Council’s Women’s Caucus, writing legislation and managing participatory budgeting. While working in City Hall, Amanda realized her community needed new leadership and decided to run for New York City Council in 2017.
 
Running as the youngest person and only woman in a five way race, she came in as the runner-up in her Democratic Primary for City Council District 18. Though her bid unsuccessful as a first-time candidate, she has committed to running again in the future to represent her community in the Bronx. Amanda has seen her race as an opportunity to uplift other women, and has committed to getting more women into elected office by creating a pipeline for them through her work as New York State Coordinator for New American Leaders and Co-Founder of Women of Color for Progress.