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Amanda Baker

Deputy Director

As the Deputy Director, Amanda manages 501 Commons' internal systems (including finance and HR), provides strategic leadership for 501 Commons' operations, stewards our collaborative and quality-focused culture, and oversees the Financial Services program for nonprofit clients.

A native of Washington, Amanda originally hails from Spokane, though she got her official start in nonprofit work as an AmeriCorps member serving in Denver, CO. She spent eight years there working on issues of food insecurity and homelessness before returning to Washington to join the 501 Commons team in 2012.

Amanda knows from experience what a difference nonprofits make in making sure all people have enough food, a safe place to live, and opportunities for employment. Working at 501 Commons offers the opportunity to support organizations working for social justice, and nothing inspires her more than connecting people to causes they care about.

Amanda has a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and dual Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Theology. She previously worked as Community Relations Director for Denver Urban Matters, serving as a leader during a time when the organization’s impact grew rapidly. Amanda always enjoys Sounders games, hiking, and the occasional craft project, but mostly she spends her "spare" time chasing around her toddler.

Random fact: Not just a problem-solver at work, Amanda once won a game of Clue on the very first turn of the game.