The University of Massachusetts Amherst

SPP Considers "The Future of Public Service" on August 29

composite of headshots of Jo Comerford and Samantha Hamilton

State Senator Jo Comerford and Samantha Hamilton, program manager at the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, will join the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy to kick off the 2019-20 academic year with a conversation on “The Future of Public Service.”

The event takes place on Thursday, August 29, at the Old Chapel. Light refreshments will be served at 12:45 p.m., with the talk beginning at 1 p.m.

Jo Comerford was elected to the Massachusetts Senate to represent the Hampshire, Franklin, and Worcester district in 2018. She chairs the Joint Committee on Public Health and is vice chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education. Prior to taking office, she was director of the Western Massachusetts American Friends Service Committee, director of programs at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, executive director of the National Priorities Project, and campaign director at MoveOn.

Samantha Hamilton manages the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts’ LiveWell Springfield Coalition. She leads the Age-Friendly City Initiative and the Transforming Community Initiative, which promotes health equity through policy, systems, and environment change strategies for access to nutritious food, safer Complete Streets, and healthier opportunities. She also worked for fifteen years at the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services, most recently as director of operations, where she supported state and federal grant initiatives around gang violence, substance abuse prevention, and teen dating violence

“The Future of Public Service” is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested by August 20.

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