Amanda has been a service worker and community organizer for the past 13 years. She has lived in Gresham for 10 years with her Army veteran husband. Amanda moved several times growing up and spent most of her life as a minority in predominantly homogenized communities. This helped Amanda find out who she is: she wasn’t like anyone else, and that’s okay, because being different is great!
Amanda started her post-secondary education in 2009 at Mt. Hood Community College, and competed with MHCC’s Forensics Team. While in college, Amanda got engaged politically and was encouraged to strive for greatness by her debate coach, Shannon Valdivia, the Director of Forensics at MHCC. After MHCC, Amanda transferred to Portland State University, where she competed in Model European Union and earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science with a concentration in Comparative Politics.