Amanda Bakay

Amanda Bakay

Lancaster City Council, PA

2023 Endorsement

Amanda, a Lancaster native, is a community advocate and leader who believes in improving systems for those who are most vulnerable. She witnessed the struggles of her single mother who had to work multiple jobs to make ends meet, which inspired her to work towards creating a better community for all.

After graduating with a B.A. in History and Political Science from Mansfield University, Amanda spent a decade in the banking industry before realizing her desire to have a more significant impact in her work. She then transitioned to the non-profit sector as the Director of Programs at the Lancaster Science Factory, ensuring that thousands of children in Lancaster have access to quality STEM education.

Since January 2020, Amanda has served on City Council, representing Lancaster's Southwest neighborhood. During her time in office, she has championed legislation to improve housing safety and protect children from lead poisoning. Amanda also advocated for a $10 million investment in affordable housing, the adoption of the Vision Zero Plan, and capital improvements to critical infrastructure. Her hard work and dedication earned her the role of City Council President in November 2022.

Aside from her City Council work, Amanda serves on the boards of the Lancaster Recreation Commission and the Lancaster Office of Promotion, and is the Vice Chair of the Board of the Central Market Trust. She is committed to improving the lives of her fellow Lancaster residents and making her community a better place for everyone.