Amanda is a first-generation American Indo-Guyanese. She has a Master of Social Work (MSW), a Master of Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. Her professional career has been rooted in social and racial justice, and has included work related to ending poverty, promoting housing stability, reducing shame and stigma surrounding mental illness, and ending domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking. Amanda worked as the director of Hennepin County’s No Wrong Door initiative; to end and prevent the commercial sexual exploitation of youth. Amanda was recently the Director of Public Policy at Citizens League which she co-led several projects on public safety and policing.
Amanda currently works at Tunheim as an Account Supervisor, serves as a Council Member on the Minnesota Department of Human Service’s Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council, on the board of directors for Avenues for Youth, serving as Chair of the Programs Committee, and on the board of Family Housing Fund. She was named 40 Under 40 by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in 2018 and received the Rising Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development in 2021.