Amy Baker, Minnesota
Amy first became involved with the League of Women Voters when she created a blog for LWV Red River Valley Fargo/Moorhead for an undergrad advocacy project. After graduating with a Bachelors of Social Work from Minnesota State University Moorhead, Amy once again became a more active participant and was asked to be a board member for LWV Red River Valley. During her time on the board, Amy formed an “after hours” group for younger members to discuss monthly topics, play trivia, and socialize. Amy played an active role in her local League when defending against a proposed Voter ID amendment in Minnesota – which was eventually defeated by Minnesota voters. Amy also led a local study looking at the increase of homelessness and lack of affordable housing in Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN.
In 2013, Amy moved to Minneapolis, MN and became a member of the LWV Minneapolis. Last summer, she completed an internship with LWV Minnesota for her Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership degree. For her internship, Amy was responsible with helping the state office complete Capital Campaign and Social Media projects. After finishing this internship, Amy was asked to become the current Membership Chair for LWV Minneapolis. More recently, Amy was asked to be a Young People’s Board Advisor for the National LWV Board.
Amy has been an active member in both rural and urban Leagues and has seen membership grow utilizing technology as well as strengthening personal relationships. In her professional life, Amy has over six years’ experience working directly with low income households in Minnesota.
Melissa Hunsberger, Florida
Melissa is a communications strategist and professional writer with nearly 10 years of experience in both print and online publications. Melissa joined Dream in Green (DIG), an environmental nonprofit, in October 2013 to oversee the Green Schools Challenge, a whole-system approach to energy, water, and resource-efficiency in schools.
Prior to joining DIG, Melissa spent 8 years with the American Red Cross in Philadelphia, PA where she assisted military families in sending emergency communications to deployed soldiers. During her tenure there, she helped develop the organization’s capacity to prepare for and respond to disasters throughout the country. While with the Red Cross in South Florida, Melissa implemented and tested new strategies related to community resilience.
Melissa first joined the League of Women Voters in 2007 while living in Philadelphia. After moving to South Florida, she immediately became involved with the League in Miami-Dade County and serves as the Chair of the Communications Committee.
Melissa is the winner of the Miami Foundation’s 2013 Public Space Challenge for her proposal to enhance connectivity and shared community space along Biscayne Boulevard. Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Penn State University. While studying abroad at Manchester University, she worked for Channel 5 news station in London.