A 20-year resident of Amherst, Mindy Domb has dedicated her life to addressing the needs of underserved communities, supporting vulnerable individuals, and advocating for fairness and equity.
As a community organizer, public health educator, trainer, program developer, advocate, and congressional aide, she has developed innovative services through partnerships, community education, and community coalitions in Western Massachusetts and across the Commonwealth.
Since 2013, she has been the Executive Director of the Amherst Survival Center, connecting residents of Amherst, Pelham, Granby, and surrounding towns, to food, clothing, healthcare, wellness, community, and a variety of assistance.
Mindy has led statewide programs in Massachusetts to educate staff of drug and alcohol treatment programs, jails, and homeless shelters on issues of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and overdose prevention. In addition, she directed a training program for health and human service providers to support LGBTQ youth. Her work has been recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the International Harm Reduction Association.
Mindy was a co-founder of the Berkshire AIDS Coalition, served as the Department of Public Health’s regional coordinator of its HIV testing program, and started Massachusetts’ first jail-based HIV education program in the Berkshire County House of Corrections.
Mindy is a former member of Amherst Town Meeting, was the co-coordinator of the Amherst campaign to elect Elizabeth Warren to the U.S. Senate in 2012 and the Amherst organizer for the campaign to elect Maura Healey Massachusetts Attorney General in 2014. In 2010, she founded Make It Better Amherst, a social network of allies that formed in response to the suicide epidemic of LGBTQ teens.
Before moving to Massachusetts, Mindy worked for Congressman Ted Weiss (D-NY), opening his lower Manhattan district office, conducting constituent services, advocating for a federal response to the HIV epidemic, and working to prevent the federal government from stationing nuclear weapons in New York Harbor.
Mindy earned a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and completed graduate coursework in adult learning for a masters degree from Teachers College Columbia University. She lives in Amherst with her partner, Matthew Sadof, a pediatrician at the High Street Pediatric Health Clinic in Springfield. They have two adult daughters, both of whom are graduates from Amherst public schools.