Amy Sturges Makes League History as First Female Deputy Executive Director

CONTACT:  Debbie Bitting, Pennsylvania Municipal League, 717-236-9469, ext. *223,

Harrisburg, PA (December 20, 2021) – Incoming League Executive Director John Brenner has named Amy Sturges as Deputy Executive Director – Advocacy, making her the first woman in League history to serve in this executive level position. Amy will assume her new position as Chief Advocacy Officer (CAO) on January 1, 2022 under John’s leadership as Executive Director.  

 “Amy brings a wealth of legislative knowledge, experience and insight to this new role,” said Incoming League Executive Director John Brenner. “We are looking forward to her leadership in helping to advance advocacy efforts for our member communities and our partners at the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners.”

“Advocacy is a primary benefit of League membership and a strong and ever-evolving program is necessary to meet the challenges facing today’s local governments,” said Amy Sturges. “It is an honor to work on behalf of our members, and I am looking forward to stepping into this new leadership role.”   

As Deputy Executive Director – Advocacy, her elevated position with The League places advocacy and governmental relations as a vitally important top member benefit.  Amy will be responsible for reacting to new legislation and being proactive in the promotion of both short-term and long-term solutions to fulfill The League’s mission to strengthen, empower and advocate for effective local government in Pennsylvania. As CAO, she will work with the executive director to manage relationships with outside firms or groups that assist or partner with The League on legislative issues. Under her leadership, the staff coordinated, member driven Legislative Committee and sub-committees will continue to be an important aspect of legislative advocacy and policy development.

“I am excited that The League’s advocacy efforts are being elevated and that Amy will continue to lead these efforts. It speaks to the commitment of the board and The League to work on behalf of our members and their communities,” said League President Mayor Danene Sorace, City of Lancaster.

Amy is currently The League’s Director of Governmental Affairs, where she is responsible for daily lobbying activities and policy development. She also serves as the lobbyist and contract liaison for the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners. Prior to becoming Director of Governmental Affairs, Amy served as The League’s Member Services Representative and Governmental Affairs Representative. She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Widener University School of Law. Amy will mark 25 years with The League in March 2022. 

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