As the Deputy Director, Amanda provides strategic leadership for 501 Commons by stewarding our collaborative and quality-focused culture and overseeing internal operations and the Financial Services program.
A native of Washington, Amanda originally hails from Spokane. From starting her career as an AmeriCorps member in Denver, she spent eight years working on issues of food insecurity, poverty, and homelessness before returning to Washington to join the 501 Commons team in early 2012.
Amanda has a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She previously worked as Community Relations Director for Denver Urban Matters, where she activated community support around a shared vision to make sure all people have enough food, a safe place to live, and opportunities for employment.
Nothing inspires Amanda more than connecting people to the causes they care about. She knows from experience the difference nonprofits make in creating the kind of community we all want for ourselves and others. Working at 501 Commons offers the opportunity to support organizations promoting greater health for us and the natural world, advancing social justice, and making creative expression and education more accessible.
Amanda always enjoys running and watching live theater, but her favorite way to spend time outside of work is with her spouse, daughter, and extended family throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Fun fact: This lifelong nonprofit enthusiast started volunteering at the age of just six years old, and her daughter was volunteering by the age of three.