As the Deputy Director, Amanda provides strategic leadership for 501 Commons, 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 early career days as an AmeriCorps member in Denver, she spent eight years on the front lines, working on issues of food insecurity, poverty, 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 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 running, Sounders games, and the occasional craft project, but mostly she spends her spare time with family throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Fun fact: This lifelong nonprofit enthusiast got her start volunteering at the age of just six years old.