West Ashley Democrats created the award in 2010 immediately following the passing of Amos-Frazier, who was the first woman elected to Charleston County Council in 1974, and the first woman, black and non-legislator elected to the SC Public Service Commission in 1980. At the time of her passing, US Congressman Jim Clyburn stated: “Her legacy is great and her influence lives on in those of us who benefited from her tutelage.”
The award is presented annually to a recipient for their lasting civic and humanitarian contributions without regard to political affiliation. “Michelle’s many achievements help engineer our economy through her work in the expansion of affordable housing and community business enterprises,” Kimpson said. “She is a force for renaissance change and growth in our community.”
Prior to joining SCCLF in 2006, Mapp worked as a BRAC operations research analyst, high school math teacher, and as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies. She is a Joint Base Charleston Honorary Commander, and an alumna of Leadership Charleston, Furman University Diversity Leadership Institute, Urban Land Institute South Carolina Sustainable Leadership Initiative, and a Liberty Fellow. Mapp holds a Master of Public Administration from the College of Charleston, a Master of Engineering Management from George Washington University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering Analysis from Clemson University.
Other members of the Amos-Frazier award selection committee include: Josh Bell, Teach for America – South Carolina Executive Director; Edie Blakeslee, Coastal Community Foundation Regional Vice President; Stacy Davis, Blackbaud Internal Audit & Insurance Director; Alex Jackson, SPAWAR Public Affairs Manager; Elliotte Quinn, Attorney, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein; Halle Tecco, Healthcare Entrepreneur and Founder Rock Health.