I AM ELLISHA WALKER...
Amherst is my home and I'm proud to serve as your Town Councilor.
I'm a single Mom, a teen parent, a renter, a graduate, the daughter of an immigrant father, and a Black woman who has faced incredible successes and enormous challenges in life. I've grown up here, in Amherst, for my entire life, attending Amherst Public Schools, walking the trails at Mill River, and enjoying pizza from Antonio's. I now raise my three children here, rent my home here, and work in the downtown area.
I attended Amherst Public Schools and gained an equity lens through my work as a part of the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) and with the People of Color United club (POCU).
In 2017, I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from UMass Amherst where I worked in the Office of Family Resources and in the Financial Aid Office.
I work at 80 Acres, a Black-owned Law Firm new to Amherst and focused on climate justice. I also serve as Assistant Director of CLUB OH!, a Black led, non-profit organization focused on youth workforce development in Springfield.
I have worked in the legal field for most of my career in housing, discrimination, and climate justice law along with working at the Springfield District Court. I have also worked in activism, education, and non-profit supporting my community and other marginalized groups.
Amherst Town Council:
I was elected two years ago to serve as your At-Large Town Councilor and have been honored to be a Committee Member of the:
Elementary School Building Committee
and Co-Chair of the Community Safety Working Group (CSWG)
Why I Want to Continue Serving as Your Town Councilor
I desire to leave a legacy of amplifying the voices of BIPOC, immigrant, low-income, first time home-buyer, and other traditionally marginalized community members who have long been disengaged by town government, but are most impacted by the decisions our council makes. This is precisely why I have chosen to run At-Large, because these marginalized communities exist in all corners of our town and these voices deserve authentic representation. I believe deeply in our community’s ability to build on the momentum of what is working for our town and to improve what is not working.
I know that if we invest in creative, collaborative, and community-based solutions, Amherst can be an equitable, anti-racist, and thriving town for all community members.