City of Oak Ridge
Amy Fitzgerald serves as the Government Affairs and Information Services Director for the City of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In that capacity, she oversees the City’s Information Services, which includes intergovernmental relations, media/public relations and information technology. She manages the development and implementation of the City's legislative agenda, manages special projects involving the U.S. Department of Energy, and analyzes state and federal policies that may have an impact on Oak Ridge. She serves as one of Oak Ridge’s Board members to the Washington, DC-based Energy Communities Alliance.
A native of Bristol, Tennessee, Dr. Fitzgerald holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University, a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Political Science, both from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
She has held research positions at the University of Tennessee’s Energy, Environment and Resources Center and the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, and is the author of several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellowship, and she has served on the faculty of the Pennsylvania State University, teaching courses in public management, research methods, and environmental policy.
Dr. Fitzgerald has participated in numerous professional conferences on topics ranging from the role of citizen participation in decision making to forming federal, state and local partnerships on infrastructure projects. She coordinated the City of Oak Ridge’s efforts through the National Park Service’s Special Resources Study on the Manhattan Project, and assisted in the development of statutory language that authorized the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. She was selected by the League of Women Voters of the United States to serve on a national committee on Money in Politics.
Dr. Fitzgerald has served on the Boards of Directors of a number of area organizations, including Treasurer of the United Way of Anderson County, the American Museum of Science and Energy Foundation, and the UT Arboretum Society. She is a member of the International City/County Management Association, the Tennessee City Management Association, and the Y-12 Community Relations Council. She is a graduate of Leadership Anderson County, the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority Aviation Academy, and is active with the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, the Tennessee Municipal League, and served for several years on Oak Ridge’s Secret City Festival Executive Committee.
Dr. Fitzgerald has been nominated to serve on EMAB as a special Government employee. She will provide expert advice on intergovernmental and stakeholder engagement, environmental stewardship, and large project planning.