Hi, my name is Stephanie Bosley and I am running for State Representative of the 1st Berkshire district.
I would say that my love of public policy was influenced by my Dad, Dan Bosley who served as State Representative for 24 years. I grew up in the State House and learned from a very young age what this job entails. I learned early on that you could make a positive difference in people’s lives.
I was born and raised in North Adams and attended North Adams Public Schools. I graduated from UMass Amherst with a B.S. in Political Science. While at UMass, I had the opportunity to experience a semester long internship in Washington D.C. at a grassroots community organization called Black Women United For Action; as well as an alternative spring break through the semester long social justice course, Grassroots Community Organizing. These experiences heightened my interest in social justice and public policy. Also while attending UMass Amherst I worked for Soldier On, a nonprofit organization committed to ending veteran homelessness.
After graduation I served a year in AmeriCorps where I was placed at the former C.O.T.Y youth center in North Adams where I worked with youth and developed educational programming.
Following my AmeriCorp service, I attended the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston and earned my Masters in Public Affairs, a cross section of public administration and public policy. I have also earned a Grant Writing Certificate from the University of Southern Maine.
It was an easy decision upon graduating to move back to the Northern Berkshire community. My husband and I couldn’t think of a better place to begin our lives together and I began work at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) as the Program Associate for Northern Berkshire Neighbors and UNITY youth development programs.
Following my time with nbCC I had an opportunity with the Town of Adams in the Community Development office where I managed their Housing Rehabilitation program, a program funded by Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) funds to offer low income families an opportunity to make code improvements to their homes.
Upon leaving the Town of Adams I worked for the American Cancer Society where I managed Relay For Life of Northern Berkshire, Relay For Life of Berkshire County Central South and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Berkshire County. I also became involved in the organization’s grassroot advocacy work through ACS CAN.
My most recent employment is with 1Berkshire, the region’s chamber of commerce and regional tourism council. As the Client Relations Associate, I met with Berkshire businesses and entrepreneurs and discussed ways that 1Berkshire’s programing could meet their economic development needs. I have recently completed 1Berkshire’s Berkshire Leadership Program.
All of these roles have lead to a greater understanding of the needs of our communities and the role that state and federal programs play. I have worked with municipal and state officials, federal agencies and non profit agencies. I have listened to the needs of our citizens and our businesses. I have worked with people throughout the North Berkshire Community to enhance the quality of life and increase opportunity for our people.
Throughout my varied experiences, I have witnessed how public policy affects people and this is the reason why I am running for State Representative. Our country was built on opportunity and I want to ensure that the people of the First Berkshire District have equal access to these opportunities. I hope to be accessible to you and as State Representative address the things that matter to you. I want to be your voice at the State House for Northern Berkshire.
I currently live in North Adams with my husband, Josh a freshman / sophomore CAD instructor at McCann Technical High School and our dog, Striker.