Meet a Board Member…. Amanda Gallipeau

Frederick Douglas wrote:
"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free"

One of the most effective ways to overcome poverty is through education; literacy and language access are essential for meaningful education. By joining the Board of Literacy Rochester, I am able to bring my passion for empowering folks in our community with services they may need, while also connecting people with literacy and education. 

Amanda Gallipeau is Manager with the Health Law Unit in Empire Justice Center’s Rochester office.  Her work is focused on assisting those who are struggling to access health benefits, providing direct client services, technical assistance and training to advocates, as well as policy work.  She is responsible for the management and reporting of the various funding contracts that support the work of the health team.  Amanda serves on various workgroups that serve to increase health insurance coverage and expand access to care, by promoting universal coverage, monitoring state policy, and tracking the impact of the lack of insurance to the most vulnerable New Yorkers.
Before joining the Health practice group, Amanda previously worked in the Foreclosure Prevention unit at Empire Justice Center.  Her work focused on advocating for low-income homeowners who had been targeted by predatory lenders as well as with those homeowners who are unable to meet current mortgage obligations in an attempt to prevent foreclosure. 

Amanda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, Management, and Economics and begins her final semester in her Master of Arts program in September in Social and Public Policy at SUNY Empire State College. She lives with her family in Greece, NY.  When she is not working, she is spending her time outside – kayaking or hiking in nicer weather.  She also loves yoga and Pilates, and is trying to love running!

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