Governance and Leadership
Amy Howorth is a community-oriented governance and organizational development professional with demonstrated abilities in executive hiring and evaluation, budgeting, facilities improvement, regional relationship building, and community engagement.
She is skilled in Governmental Affairs, Consensus Building, Public Relations, Media, and Public Speaking. Amy understands the critical relationship between elected and appointed officials and is an expert at facilitating change within an organization. Through her unique blend of humor and knowledge of local government, she helps teams get through conflict and build trust. She is passionate about developing leaders and loves coaching new councilmembers.
A Former Mayor with 16 years of elected office in Manhattan Beach, Amy served two terms on the Manhattan Beach School Board, and two terms on the City Council. She has served on the Los Angeles County Commission on Children and Families and is a current Los Angeles County Commissioner on the Committee for Women. Amy led efforts on building trust through increased community engagement, creating opportunities for citizen involvement and new community task forces; encouraged the staff to use social media, redesigned the city’s website, provided community workshops; improved council meeting agenda structure; and reached residents through her online newsletter.
Mayor Howorth also has deep strategic political campaign experience, having been a key team member of five successful local bond, parcel, and utility tax measures, including her participation in the successful Los Angeles County Measure M campaign, the nation’s largest infrastructure bond ever passed.
Amy worked hard to improve public facilities in Manhattan Beach. She was a crucial team member on the rehabilitation of the Roundhouse Aquarium, the opening of the new Manhattan Beach Library, and an entirely new Manhattan Beach Skate Park. In addition, Amy led efforts on new environmental policies which include the ban of polystyrene and single use utensils, straws, bags; a smoking ban in all public places; implementation of a city-wide food waste recycling program; and was an early member of the Clean Power Alliance of Southern California.
Before her political career, Amy was a professional photo editor for over a decade and was the original Photo Editor for Wired Magazine. While on the Board at Manhattan Beach Unified, she hired two successful Superintendents. She is very proud to have been featured speaking out against hate and prejudice in the film “Not in Our Town, Manhattan Beach,” which dealt with a suspected hate crime in Manhattan Beach.
Amy received her B.S.C. in Communications with minors in Political Science and French from Ohio University and was awarded the Assembly District 66 Woman of the Year in 2018.In 2014, she was recognized as an outstanding leader by National Women’s Political Caucus of Los Angeles.