Ami has lived in the White Bear area for most of her life, and attended local public schools (Go Bears!), where she enjoyed singing in the choir and competing in History Day competitions.
After graduating from high school, Ami spent two years studying psychology and enjoying small town life at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. She then went on to complete her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus.
Throughout her childhood, Ami’s parents emphasized the importance of helping others and giving back to the community. Those values inspired her to pursue service in AmeriCorps after she graduated from college. She then returned to the University of Minnesota, where she studied social policy and prevention science at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and graduated with a Master’s degree in public policy.
Working in public schools, the private sector, and nonprofit advocacy organizations has provided Ami with a depth of knowledge on a broad range of topics. Her years of experience working in schools, including the 5+ years she’s spent working in the White Bear Lake district, have taught her the value of our education system and given her the knowledge and tools to improve it. Her past work as a sexual violence advocate and her internship at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault provided a valuable perspective on an important and timely issue that impacts so many in our community.
In her first term as State Representative for district 38B she has served as the vice chair of the Legacy Finance Division, authored and co-authored numerous bills, and was appointed by the Speaker of the House to co-chair the Family Child Care Task Force.