Amanda is committed to an equitable, rigorous, and joyful education for all children. In 2006, after receiving her B.A. in Political Science and Hispanic Studies from Vassar College, she worked as a bilingual classroom teacher at P.S. 102 in East Harlem, New York and earned her Master’s in Bilingual Education from Fordham University. Most recently, Amanda served as the Program Officer of Aboriginal Initiatives at Right To Play International – a humanitarian organization that promotes sport as a tool for developing essential life-skills in children and youth – in Toronto, Ontario. Along with the Deputy Director of Education and Training, Amanda launched a youth leadership and life skills program in the remote north of Ontario. She built strategic partnerships at multiple levels in order to implement a culturally relevant, impactful and sustainable program that is being replicated in communities throughout the province. Amanda is thrilled to return to California (her home state) and to be a part of the Partners team in San Jose. In her free time, Amanda can be found running, lap swimming, cooking, snowboarding, and traveling around the country to visit her friends and family.
“We don’t ask you to believe in our ability to bring change. Rather, we ask you to believe in yours.” – President Barack Obama