Amy Schectman has worked in the public and nonprofit sectors to advance affordable housing and social justice. Amy plays a state and national advocacy role. She serves on Governor Charlie Baker’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts, and is on the board of CHAPA, MHIC, MHAC, and other nonprofits. She has been invited to The White House four times, and has hosted U.S. Congressmen, U.S. Senate staff, and state legislators numerous times.
A theme across Amy’s career is collaboration to maximize the impact of resources. As Governor Michael Dukakis’ Director of Capital Budget and Planning, Amy helped convene cross-agency collaborations on key policy agendas. Later, at the Boston Housing Authority, Amy secured the City’s first two federal HOPE VI grants, $50,000,000 each, to revitalize failing public housing developments with comprehensive modernization and the addition of social services, economic development, health care, and community programming, offering residents not only shelter but pathways out of poverty as well as promoting neighborhood revitalization.
As the Town of Brookline’s first Economic Development Director, Amy instituted holiday festivals to stimulate small businesses, negotiated development/preservation of over 500 affordable housing units, and brought stakeholders together to support a revenue-generating developments with public amenities.
Serving the state again, as Director of Public Housing/Rental Assistance, Amy repaired relationships with local housing agencies, led a major rehab of existing state public housing, worked on homelessness prevention and rehousing programs, and enhanced social programs to support housing residents.
Amy has a B.A. in political science from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).