About Michael Chameides

Elected Official and Communications Professional

I create human-focused solutions. I have designed and built databases, developed governance plans, launched new initiatives, and established operations systems. No matter how complex the solution, success always relies on the same thing: people. With a broad skill set and subject matter experience, I advocate for end users, project managers, and all stakeholders.

I’m passionate about supporting people in small cities and rural counties to build political power and create local solutions. I’m serving my third elected term on the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, where I’m also the Deputy Minority Leader. I’ve led effective initiatives to improve public transit, establish affordable housing, and secure grant funds to benefit my constituents.

As the Rural Democracy Communications Director, I work with rural leaders across the country to engage communities and advocate for meaningful policy. I previously served as City of Hudson Mayoral Aide, Operations Director at Kite’s Nest, and Marketing and Editorial Manager at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. I have a Master’s Degree in Media Studies from The New School and have received artist grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, Puffin Foundation, and New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2022, the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement recognized my effective advocacy for immigrants and named me a 5th Anniversary Honoree.

Contact me at michael@chameid.es or one of the social media platforms below.