UMass talk on public service features Comerford

  • Jo Comerford running for Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester District Senate Seat.

For the Gazette
Published: 8/25/2019 11:47:26 PM

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy will host a conversation between Sen. Jo Comerford and Samatha Hamilton, program manager at the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, called “The Future of Public Service” on Thursday.

The event will take place at the Old Chapel. Refreshments will be served at 12:45 p.m., with the talk starting at 1.

Before serving in the state Senate, Comerford worked for the Center for Human Development, the American Friends Service Committee, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and While she was the executive director of the National Priorities Project, a nonprofit that researches the federal budget, the International Peace Bureau nominated the organization for a Nobel Peace Prize.

As program manager of the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, Hamilton runs the Live Well Springfield Coalition, which works with over 30 organizations to promote healthy living in Springfield. Before arriving at the institute, she worked at Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services, where she helped create domestic violence education, youth safe haven programming and community engagement events. She has been working with Springfield residents for 15 years.

Although the original deadline to RSVP was Aug. 20, people who want to attend can still RSVP at

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