Amity Schuyler comes to Memphis with a long history of community engagement in 20-years of cabinet level and CEO roles in the nonprofit, state and local government sectors. She brings to her current role as the Senior Vice President for Workforce Development with the Greater Memphis Chamber a deep understanding of the importance of creating economic mobility through the creation and access to quality jobs.
While she prefers the titles of Proud Memphian, wife, mamaw, daughter and sister to an Army Veteran, she arrived to Tennessee in the role of Deputy Commissioner for Department of Education and to Memphis as the Chief of Strategy and Innovation for Shelby County Schools.
Prior to relocating to Tennessee, she served as the Chief of Staff and Chief of Strategic Communications for the School District of Palm Beach County, the tenth largest district in the Nation, where she successfully led two ballot initiatives in three years to provide $41 billion of tax revenue for the school district. In this role, she also worked closely with the Palm Beach Economic Council to align policy and legislative priorities that strengthened and supported classroom to workplace pipelines.
Before stepping back into public education, Schuyler spent five years as a forensic interviewer with a Major Crimes/Crimes Against Children Unit and a decade forming and leading a regional community anti-drug coalition in response to Florida’s Opioid epidemic. In this capacity, underage drinking and marijuana prevalence rates among middle and high-school youth decreased significantly, earning the organization national recognition as the National Community Coalition of the Year from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Her decade of leadership in substance-abuse prevention efforts also included the privilege of leading Governor Charlie Christ’s inaugural Florida Youth Delegation, a consortium of teens from across Florida dedicated to reducing underage drinking and other risk-seeking behaviors, as well as designing and implementing Florida’s Statewide underage drinking campaign. At the end of her tenure in Florida, three of her originally designed prevention campaigns were in use across all of Florida and 27 additional communities throughout the country.
Along life’s journey she has also held worthy titles as teacher, parks and recreation director, Bible school Kool-Aid maker (the most important part of Vacation Bible School), waitress, mentor, track coach, and friend. In all roles, she is a fierce advocate for improving systems that improve the lives of children and families.
Amity holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of South Florida, A Master of Public Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University and ABD status at the University of South Florida for a Doctorate in Education Leadership.
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