Amanda Ward (R)
Amanda Ward, the District 8 County Legislator, embodies a deep-rooted commitment to community service, stemming from her humble beginnings in Sullivan County. After earning her Juris Doctorate from Hofstra School of Law in 2006, Amanda returned to her cherished hometown of South Fallsburg, driven by a profound desire to contribute positively to the community that had nurtured her values and aspirations.
Her dedication to public service echoes the legacy of her parents, Roland and Sonia Ward, who served the county remarkably. Amanda draws inspiration from their collective lifelong commitment to community welfare, instilling in her a strong sense of responsibility and allegiance to her hometown, where she resides with her daughter Gabriela and miniature schnauzer Lucky.
With a rich background blending legal expertise and a fervent dedication to community service, Amanda holds a pivotal role as the Chief of People Operations and Educational Sustainability at The Center for Discovery in Harris, New York. Her 16-plus years of experience in human resources, including over 12 years in leadership positions, showcase her ability to enhance organizational effectiveness. Amanda's leadership is marked by successful organizational restructuring, the development of high-performing HR departments, and a passion for creating inclusive workplace cultures. Her five-year tenure as a Town Justice not only provided invaluable insights into the justice system but also shaped her equitable decision-making approach in Human Resources.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Amanda contributed significantly to her community as an adjunct professor at SUNY Sullivan for a decade. Her involvement as the former President of the NAACP, Fallsburg Library Trustee, and Board member of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan underscores her commitment to community development.
Amanda's dynamic leadership style, coupled with a wealth of experience in HR, organizational development, and transformative leadership, reflects her commitment to driving positive change. Her dedication to providing innovative solutions, fostering workplace inclusivity, and ensuring fair practices resonates deeply within her pursuit to shape a brighter future for Sullivan County.