Amanda Linehan has served as the head of communications for MAPC since 2008, having previously worked as a professional journalist. Ms. Linehan leads the communications team at MAPC, promoting the agency’s work online, in the media, and through marketing channels. She also manages mapc.org and oversees the agency’s blog, annual report, graphic design, photography/videography, email marketing, event outreach and social media presence, as well as communication with the MAPC Board and Council membership.
Prior to joining MAPC, Ms. Linehan worked as a print and web reporter, writing for weekly and daily newspapers in Rhode Island and Greater Boston. She spent two years as Editor for the Malden Observer before coming to MAPC, launching that paper’s first blog, website and Facebook page. She has also worked as a freelance art and theater reviewer, and currently manages her husband’s professional web portfolio at marklinehan.com. Ms. Linehan is also a vegetarian food blogger.
A native of Natick, Ms. Linehan is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Jazz Music Studies. She is a graduate of the Emerge Massachusetts Class of 2017 and the Commonwealth Seminar (masscs.org), and is trained in Essential Facilitation by the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC).
A Malden resident since 2011, Ms. Linehan currently serves on the Malden City Council as the Ward 3 representative. Prior to that, she served for two years on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Walkability, the Board of Directors for the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA), and the Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC), which serves the Asian American immigrant community in Boston’s Chinatown, Quincy and Malden. Ms. Linehan resides in Malden’s West End neighborhood with her husband Mark and daughter Georgia.
Areas of expertise: Media relations, local government, public affairs, web communications, social media strategy, branding and design, Constant Contact/e-marketing, event planning, outreach, public engagement, blogging, copyediting, web design/site redesign and content management.