Amy Mah Sangiolo is a life-long Democrat and current City Councilor-at-Large in Ward 4, now running for Mayor to represent the people of Newton.



For 20 years, Amy has dedicated herself to public service as an elected official — because the people of Newton deserve a tenacious voice representing Newton’s schools, environment, and future.


A life-long Democrat, Amy first ran for the Newton City Council in 1997 because she and her neighbors were tired of government that didn’t answer to the people. She ran against an incumbent and won by 12 votes on a platform of change, openness, transparency, and accessibility.

Undefeated over her 20-year career on the City Council, Amy has fought for our schools, programs and services, historic preservation, protection of our natural resources and most importantly, to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to have his or her voice heard. She has:

  • Passed major legislation to address problems in zoning
  • Called for a temporary moratorium on tear-downs
  • Advocated for the purchase of Aquinas to alleviate space needs in our school
  • Supported use of debt exclusion overrides to pay for renovations of our school buildings
  • Filed legislation for the creation of a housing production plan
  • Bargained for additional affordable units for various housing projects including Austin Street
  • Advocated for city purchase of moderately priced housing

Amy is currently the longest-serving Asian American elected official in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Environmental Work

In her career, Amy has worked with several environmental organizations including the Container Recycling Institute, the Sierra Club Legal Defense and Education Fund in San Francisco, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Department of Interior’s Water Law Division in Washington, DC.

Community Work

In addition to her work as a public servant, Amy has also dedicated herself to the community.

  • Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts Community Service Award, recipient 2011
  • Walker Center, board member
  • Charles River Neighborhood Foundation, founder and trustee
  • Asian American Democrats of Massachusetts, founder (holding voter registration drives and encouraging more political participation within the Democratic Party)
  • Harry H. Dow Memorial Legal Assistance Fund, board trustee
  • Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association, member
  • WGBH Community Advisory Board, former member
  • Community Advisory Board of the Institute for Asian American Studies at UMASS Boston, former member
  • Screen Actors Guild, union member since 1979


Amy was born and raised in Weehawken, New Jersey, a small town across the Hudson River from New York City, best known for the Hamilton/Burr duel. Her father was an American-born Chinese Air Force veteran and her mother, a Japanese immigrant.

Amy attended the Weehawken Public Schools.  She is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music Pre-College Division (piano major) and studied under Miyoko Lotto, Herbert Stessin, Jane Carlson and Katherine Parker.  She studied ballet at the New York School of Ballet under Richard Thomas, Sr. (father of actor Richard Thomas, who played John Boy Walton).

She received her undergraduate degree at Barnard College and her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law, and she attended the George Washington School of Law’s Masters in Environmental Law Program in Washington, DC.

Amy is married to John Sangiolo and has three children:  George, who attends George Washington University; Midori, a senior at Newton South High School; and Joseph, a sophomore at Newton South High School. Amy is an attorney, admitted to the bars of New York State and District of Columbia.