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The Community Participation Team strives to promote and support diverse resident participation with their Amherst government. The Team is here to help residents figure out how to participate in boards, committees and running for elected positions or getting involved in other ways. The Community Participation Officers are particularly focused on encouraging underrepresented populations to participate. 

Amherst Masks4All

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Graphic Design Courtesy of Jada Matthews

Masks or face coverings are now essential for being in public when social distancing is not possible.  Many people have jumped into action by making masks for Amherst’s non-profit organizations that serve our most vulnerable populations.  In an effort to slow the spread of COVID19 the Town of Amherst, in collaboration with Anika Lopes Millinery, would like to further efforts in a Town-Wide Masks4All Initiative.

Need a mask? Want to sew masks? Want to donate materials? Please sign-up here.


Meet Your Team

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Angela Mills - Executive Assistant to the Town Manager

Angela Mills, a native of Ohio, has lived in Amherst since 1991. A 1995 graduate of Amherst College, you can most often find Angela near a baseball diamond, a basketball court, or the local football fields cheering on her two high school boys. After a few years of prep school teaching and coaching as well as a stint as a college coach, Angela made a career switch and spent seven years working at Crocker Farm Elementary School. Her recent volunteer efforts include: Co-Chair of the Crocker Farm PGO, CCD teacher, youth travel basketball coach, youth baseball assistant coach, member of the Amherst Baseball Board, parent volunteer coordinator for high school football team, and volunteer coach to the UMass women’s club volleyball program. When she finds some spare minutes Angela loves: trying new plants in her garden, walking with her dog Jenna, and reading poetry in Spanish. She is married to E.J. Mills, Head Football Coach and Associate Men’s Golf Coach at Amherst College. The Mills family resides in South Amherst. GO ‘CANES!

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Jennifer Moyston - Administrative Assistant Town Manager/HR

Jennifer Moyston is an Amherst native.  Jennifer formerly worked as Food Pantry Coordinator at the Amherst Survival Center. She has also participated in several ASC search committees and is an active member of its Strategic Planning process. Since 2013, she has been the Administrative Assistant for the Town of Amherst. Jennifer has over 30 years of experience assisting low income, and mentally and physically challenged individuals.

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Brianna Sunryd - Communications Manager

Brianna has lived in Amherst since 2003. She is a 2008 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst concentrating on Communications and International Relations. She is a recent graduate of the School of Public Policy at UMass focusing on digital governance. Brianna has worked in municipal government communications and technology for over 10 years and previously worked for the City of Worcester. She is on the Board Development Committee for the UMass Amherst Alumni Association Board of Directors working to diversify board makeup, member of the ICMA Digital Strategies Advisory Board, Founding President of the ICMA UMass Student Chapter highlighting local government as a career option for students and a recent graduate of the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact

Brianna co-chairs the Amherst Complete Count Committee, working to ensure Amherst is counted in the 2020 US Census. In 2019 she received an Excellence in Technology award from the Commonwealth of Masschusetts for business process improvements in the Town of Amherst and a MIIA Innovation Award for improving employees access to wellness programs through digitization.