Amourence Lee · LIKE IT IS with MAYOR LEE
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“I was able to gain leadership experience by being able to contact other council members and meet with them regarding the petition to add designated youth seats on the San Mateo Parks and Rec. Commission. This was a new experience for me, and something I had never done before, but Amo had faith that I could pull it off so I was able to have faith in myself.

- Niki, Age 13

Who is Amo?

City Councilwoman Amourence Lee was appointed to the City of San Mateo City Council in 2019. She was elected to a four-year term in 2020, as the first Asian American woman and Jew of Color to hold the seat. 


Amo has extensive training in public policy and public health from Columbia University, combined with a 15+ year career as a nonprofit executive and successful businesswoman. She is a mother of two kids, who attend the our public schools in San Mateo. 

Get to know your councilwoman - check out what Amo is doing and saying:


What does the City Council do?

As the City's 5-member legislative body, the San Mateo City Council represents the entire community and is empowered by the City Charter to formulate Citywide policy. The City of San Mateo is the largest city in the county with a population of 105,000. 


The 2021-22 adopted Citywide operating budget is about $200M and our municipal government services include: public safety (Police, Fire), infrastructure (Public Works), community services (Parks & Recreation, Library), and land use/development (Community Development). To learn more about the policy initiatives in the City of San Mateo, please visit the Public Meeting Portal to review video recordings of the City Council meetings.


Note: The City government does not oversee public education policy and is a separate jurisdiction from the San Mateo-Foster City and San Mateo Union High School Districts. The City of San Mateo is a separate jurisdiction within the County of San Mateo. 


What will be required of the Councilwoman’s interns?

Interns will perform a wide variety of tasks geared toward assisting the Councilwoman including weekly virtual working meetings, attending council and community meetings, as well as self-paced remote work that can be done from a home computer. Examples of tasks include constituent correspondence, community outreach, research projects, aiding in civic engagement initiatives, maintaining and operating databases, internet searches, working with government agencies, public appearances, and public speaking.


Who would be a good candidate for the Internship Program?

Most of our interns are in high school and college though we have had some younger and older. A good candidate is responsible, mature, self-motivated, enthusiastic, and willing to learn.  


What is the time commitment?

The internship program time commitment is flexible and can range from 2-4 hours per week. Most hours can be fulfilled remotely. During the 2023-24 School Year we are meeting virtually every Friday from 4:00-4:30PM. 


Eligible interns may be able to earn service learning units through the College of San Mateo, one semester requires a 60 hours commitment per CSM unit.

Let’s Work Together

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This course is a self-directed student volunteer program designed to facilitate experiential learning and service to the community. Volunteer placements include animal care facilities, clinics, daycare centers, hospitals, recreation programs, senior centers, schools, and various social service agencies. Students volunteer 60 hours per unit per semester for 1 - 3 units during the semester.

Prerequisites: Students must have completed at least 9 college units prior to enrolling in Community Engagement.

Corequisites: During the fall or spring semesters, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 college units including Community Engagement.


Transfer Credit: CSU

College of San Mateo (Online Course)

Department: Cooperative Education

Instructor: LaShonda Kennedy,

In order to participate in Coop, please submit the online application and read orientation information.

Timeline: Fall Session: 08/17-12/16                (Online course)   

Last day to add class:  August 30, 2022

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