Amanda Mays Bledsoe is a fourth-generation Lexingtonian, UK grad, wife, mom, community leader and city council member. With an extensive background in public policy and community service, Amanda relishes each opportunity she is given to make a difference in her community.
Amanda’s family has lived in southwest Lexington for four generations. Firmly rooted to this community, Amanda is a passionate supporter of our local families and has fought hard to make Lexington an even better place to live.
The Lexington-Fayette Urban City Council
Elected in 2014, Amanda has served the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council’s 10th District for seven years. During this time, she has guided the council as Chair of the Budget, Finance and Economic Development Committee. While overseeing the $400 million dollar budget, Amanda initiated a workforce development grant program and led the creation of the Small Business Grant program, which supports small businesses during the pandemic. She has also had a hand in the recent infrastructure developments on Southland Drive.
Amanda has tackled projects related to improving stormwater drainage and wastewater treatment capacity in the Southland area. She has increased transportation infrastructure like the widening of Clays Mill Road. She has also helped update community parks and worked to finish the baseball complex at Cardinal Run.
Amanda serves on three of the four standing city council committees: Budget, Finance and Economic Development, Planning and Public Safety, and Environmental Quality and Public Works. In her official role as councilmember, Amanda also serves on the Mayor’s International Affairs Advisory Commission, the Commission on Veterans Affairs, the Parks Master Plan, Aquatics Steering Committee, the Ethics Review Subcommittee, the Lexington Area Metro Planning Organization, the City Employees Pension Fund Board and the Corridors Commission.
The Council of State Governments’ National Headquarters
Amanda first began a commitment to public service at the Council of State Governments’ national headquarters in Lexington. As a Senior Policy Analyst, she worked in a nonpartisan manner with elected officials from all over the country on some of the most critical challenges facing state and local governments today. This included working in cooperation with the private sector to identify successful ways government can create a business-friendly environment so entrepreneurs can create better jobs and economic opportunity.
Amanda worked on projects related to state environmental and international trade policy, including negotiating agreements and sharing best practices with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Agency for International Development. Additionally, Amanda worked on broader policy trends in state and local government including the changing roles of government and public safety issues.
Amanda continued her commitment to public safety as an adjunct faculty instructor at both Midway College and the Bluegrass Community and Technical College. She was responsible for teaching courses on homeland security where she had the chance to directly train first responders on the roles of government at all levels in emergency preparedness and disaster management.
Amanda is currently serving on the board of The Salvation Army of the Bluegrass, Natalie's Sisters, and the Kentucky Blood Center. Her community experience has focused on serving our neighbors in need, especially women and children. Such involvement has included providing free, quality health care for at-risk women as the 2009 Chair of the Board of the Assurance Care Center. Amanda has previously served as a board member of the Christian Student Fellowship at the University of Kentucky. She has also worked to support fathers and daughters in Lexington by co-founding Her Knight Dance, which raises funds for parenting initiatives in Central Kentucky.
With degrees in both Philosophy and Classical Studies from Hillsdale College, Amanda received her Master’s degree in International Affairs/National Security Policy from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky.
She and her husband, Todd, have two children, Mays and Annabeth.