Amy Laufer served on the Charlottesville City School Board for seven years. She is the founder of Virginia’s List, an organization that supports Democratic women running for state office. Amy is a former middle school teacher and Peace Corps volunteer.
Amy grew up as one of eight children on a dairy farm in rural Wisconsin. A first-generation college graduate, she supported herself through school at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee by working several jobs (including one packing fish in Alaska) and earned a bachelor’s degree in geology. After college, Amy taught elementary school in a rural town in Jamaica as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer.
After the Peace Corps, Amy was inspired to pursue a career as an educator. She attended Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City, graduating with a master’s degree in secondary science education. At the end of the academic year, Amy moved to Charlottesville, following her soon-to-be husband, Aaron, who she met in the Peace Corps. Aaron attended Charlottesville High School and the University of Virginia for undergraduate and graduate school.
Amy taught math and science at Louisa Middle School and Tandem Friends School and was appointed to the Commission of Children and Families. She was eventually elected to the Charlottesville City School Board in 2011 and has since run for successful reelection. She served as the school board’s vice chair and chair from 2012–2016.
Inspired by her experience in UVA’s Sorensen Institute of Political Leaders Program and Emerge VA Bootcamp, Amy launched Virginia’s List in 2014. Virginia’s List is dedicated to supporting Democratic women running for state office and has helped dozens of candidates get elected. Currently, Amy advises women who run for school board across the Commonwealth.
Amy and Aaron live in Albemarle County with their three children, Hannah, 14, Adam, 13, and Henry, 11, and their dog, Skyler.