Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Amanda received her B.S. in Environmental Science and B.A. in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2011. After graduating from UCLA, Amanda served in the Peace Corps as an agroforestry extension agent in rural Senegal from 2011-2013, which jumpstarted her interest in sustainable development and led her to pursue her Masters of Public Administration in Development Practice at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs—a program emphasizing holistic, multidisciplinary, and systems-level approaches to international development.
Throughout her graduate experience and thereafter, Amanda has worked on an array of projects and initiatives in Kenya, Senegal, and Tanzania with organizations such as the World Agroforestry Center, the Earth Institute, the Clinton Foundation, Plan International, and CNFA in various research, business development, and communications capacities, but her passion and focus have always been on the rural communities and people who initially sparked her interest in development, and especially children, who she believes are in the driver’s seat of where we will go tomorrow.
Amanda joined the Building Tomorrow family as its In-Country Storyteller in December 2017. She is excited to apply the skills she has learned throughout her educational and professional experiences to communicate and amplify the powerful stories of the teachers, parents, students, fellows, and masons who are putting one foot in front of the other each day to transform Uganda’s educational system, and is thrilled to work with an organization that not only benefits youth, but also empowers them!