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The Rising Star Whose Political Career Started as a Speechwriter at Age 15

Attorney, Nashville Department of Law

Macy Amos WIG
Macy Amos
(David Kidd)
The first time Macy Amos worked for Nashville city government, she landed a job on the mayor’s speechwriting team. One of the perks of the assignment was a corner office. Amos was 15.

More than a decade later, Amos is back in city government. For the past two years, she’s been an attorney with the city’s law department. Amos advises agencies on a wide range of civil matters, from land use decisions and beer-selling permits to purchasing new property and handling protests at public parks.

Amos earned a political science degree in three years, and graduated from law school at 23.

Her quick rise hasn’t always gone smoothly. A judge, also a woman, once refused to believe Amos was a lawyer, not a paralegal, because she was so young.

“A lot of times in meetings, I’m the only female at the table, and I am always the youngest person,” she says. “You have to work a little bit harder, dress a little bit nicer, be a little more prepared than everyone else in the room, because you’re going to be discounted because of your age and because you’re a woman.”

Read about the Women in Government program and the rest of the honorees.

*CORRECTION: A previous version of this stated that Amos has worked for the city's law department for four years. She is only in her third year on the job.

Natalie previously covered immigrant communities and environmental justice as a bilingual reporter at CityLab and CityLab Latino. She hails from the Los Angeles area and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in English literature.
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