Amanda joined the Rennie Center shortly after receiving a Master's in Public Affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin. Her desire to engage with K-12 education policy is largely inspired by her time as an AmeriCorps tutor at a middle school in Boston. Amanda's fulfilling experience working with sixth grade students, combined with past volunteer involvement, contributed to her interest in education accessibility. Her time both inside and outside the classroom has fostered an appreciation for the value of user-informed feedback. Amanda's recent work as an economic development consultant for rural universities reinforced the value of qualitative data and stakeholder engagement to better understand the needs of a community. An appreciation for community connection has been a key pillar in Amanda's work history, as she has led outreach efforts for many private, public, and non-profit organizations. Before her Master's program in Texas, Amanda received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley where she studied Political Science, Public Policy, and Journalism.