Ed Amatetti, was born in Brooklyn New York, and has been a resident of Montgomery County for more than 30 years. He and his wife, Sharon, have a son and a daughter who both graduated from Montgomery County public schools
As a candidate, Ed Amatetti bring meaningful experience in four relevant areas: (1) business and finance; (2) local government operations; (3) K-12 education, as a classroom teacher and in education reform; and (4) significant grassroots and campaign experience.
He has a degree in Economics (and Biology) from Georgetown University (1981) and an MBA in Finance from the University of Maryland (1988). From 1988 to 1999, he was employed in the business consulting firm Vista Consulting Group, first as staff Economist, and eventually as Vice President and part owner. He managed the firm’s practice area that conducted comprehensive audits and operations performance reviews of local governments around the country. As Vista developed the practice, the company increasingly stayed on, sometimes for years, to help cities such as Cleveland, OH to improve their operations and control costs.
Ed Amatetti's second career was in education -- as a middle and high science teacher and in school administration (2003-2009). He completed coursework for his Administrative 1 certificate. As a teacher, he accepted assignments in the most challenging environments in suburban Maryland and Washington, DC, where I helped disadvantaged students to master materials and concepts beyond the required curriculum. Outside the classroom, he sponsored “Students Teaching Students” tutoring programs, and provided resume writing, interviewing skills, and job/internship assistance for high school students.
For more than two decades, he has been an active education reform advocate. As Founder and Executive Director of the grassroots non-profit New Renaissance In Education (2009-2013), our chapters in three states organized parents and communities, fought for charter schools, vouchers, and education-credits, helped sponsor legislation in Virginia giving citizens the right to review textbooks and SOLs, and developed high school curriculum to celebrate Constitution Day in K-12 schools. This experience gave him opportunity to visit some of the most successful schools and school districts in the country and personally observe what strategies work in classrooms, in schools, and at the policy level.
The last few years, he turned his civics activities to Montgomery County and Maryland. Recently, he has been engaged in a campaign with Montgomery County Taxpayers League and others to control WSSC’s costs and make water and sewer rates more equitable and consistent with accepted practices. With the Civics Federation, he has combed the MCPS budget. He has helped lead efforts for a performance audit of MCPS programs to find out what is working and what is not. As a Board member of Maryland Taxpayers Association, and on his own, he has advocated for controlling Maryland's and Montgomery County's school construction costs which greatly exceed similar jurisdictions and which take badly needed resources from the classrooms. He has advocated for charter schools in three Maryland counties, and testified on numerous other issues.
In 2014, Ed Amatetti was a candidate for Board of Elections.