“Growing up as the only Jewish family in a rural, white working class community, I quickly learned about anti-semitism, racism and exclusion. The pain (and sometimes humor) of those experiences has also fueled a passion for social change, equity and building community with a broad cross section of people including work with incarcerated students in California’s prisons through the Insight Garden Program.”
Amanda brings 25 years of social justice experience to her coaching practice. She has an extensive background in progressive philanthropy and transformational leadership development through her work with the Funders Collaborative for Youth Organizing, the Women Donors' Network, Rockwood Leadership Institute and Communities for Public Education Reform (CPER).
Deeply attuned to trust and safety, Amanda works with clients to explore their greatest hopes and fears with an eye toward "what's possible" and creating new habits and ways of being”. Amanda brings practical experience, direct communication, compassion and accountability to her coaching sessions. She is affiliated with Road Map, Coaching for Justice, Rockwood and is a faculty member of Leadership that Works.
In addition to her coaching practice, Amanda consults with foundations and social change organizations interested in fostering collaboration, learning communities, networks and policy change.
While she is passionate about working with social change leaders and has a special interest in criminal justice reform, she is also skilled in issues related to youth development, public education reform and community engagement.
Amanda lives in the Bay Area with her partner and two daughters. She has a cat dog named Zuma and she loves to boogie board in the Bay when the water is above 58 degrees!