Josh Amaral is a member of the New Bedford School Committee and an advocate for public education in Massachusetts seeking re-election in 2017.
Josh is a lifelong resident of New Bedford, a product of New Bedford Public Schools (Winslow, Keith, NBHS), and an advocate for a variety of educational issues including reducing standardized testing, increasing public school funding, and limiting the growth of charter schools. He was first elected to the New Bedford School Committee in 2013, and is the youngest elected official in New Bedford's history.
He was chosen by his colleagues as Vice-Chairman of the School Committee in 2016. He has served as Chairman of the Policy Subcommittee for four years. In that role, he led the effort to completely revise the New Bedford Public Schools' policies, many of which were last updated in the late 1960s. He is also a member of the Transportation and Curriculum Subcommittees. Josh is also involved with the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, and serves as vice-chair of the Urban Division, representing the interests of New Bedford and similar city schools at the state level.
Josh believes in being accessible to constituents to help solve issues, embraces transparent leadership, common sense solutions, sound fiscal management, and in the power of organizing with other School Committee members and public education advocates throughout the state to accomplish larger and more impactful change.
Most importantly, Josh believes in the ability of New Bedford students and the dedicated educators that go above and beyond in educating them.
Josh graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a B.A. in Political Science in 2014. Because of the wide range of advanced courses and opportunities for dual enrollment offered at New Bedford High School, he was able to attain his bachelor's degree in just three years. He was the recipient of the Chancellor's Merit Scholarship, the Political Science Emeritus Professor Award, and is a member of the National Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha.
In addition to his work on the School Committee, Josh is the Assistant Director of Fuel Assistance at PACE Inc., an anti-poverty community agency in Downtown New Bedford and volunteers in a variety of community roles, including as an appointed member and Clerk of the New Bedford Commission for Citizens with Disabilities, on the board of directors of Citizens for Public Schools, Inc., and with Neighborhoods United among a myriad of other local organizations and causes. In 2013, he was named SouthCoast Youth of the Year. In 2017, he was nominated for the Southcoast Emerging Leaders Award.
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Josh relishes the opportunity to talk with constituents in the community, and prides himself on being visible at community events. If you want to discuss something or you have an event you'd like him to attend, let him know!