Policy Matters names Amelia Hayes outreach coordinator
Posted December 15, 2014 in Press Releases
Community organizer will help policy research organization reach new audiencesFor immediate releaseContact: Amy Hanauer, 216.361.9801Download press release
Hayes joins Policy Matters after volunteering as an organizer in Columbus for two years, and working as a legislative aide to Ohio Representatives Kenny Yuko and Fred Strahorn. She served as a community organizer on social justice issues, including racial justice, student debt and college access. Hayes also organized around the school-to-prison pipeline, which describes the effect of school zero-tolerance policies on pushing kids out of school and increasing chances they will enter the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
“The outreach coordinator position allows me to connect issues and policies that are happening in Cleveland and statewide to young leaders, low-income families, and working communities,” Hayes said. “I also have the unique opportunity to connect with all the different movements happening in Cleveland, including labor, faith and social and economic justice.”
“We are thrilled to bring Amelia’s energy, insights, and experience to our efforts to create an Ohio economy that works better for everyone,” said Amy Hanauer, Policy Matters executive director. “Her talents will enable us to reach new audiences, make our research more relevant to the communities that most need policy change, and enhance the great work of everyone on our staff.”
Policy Matters creates a more vibrant, equitable, sustainable and inclusive Ohio through research, media work, coalition building and advocacy.
Hayes graduated from Otterbein University with a bachelor of arts in psychology. She lives in Cleveland Heights with her husband, James, and their dog, Ella.
Policy Matters Ohio is a nonprofit, nonpartisan state policy research institute
with offices in Cleveland and Columbus.