Amanda attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated from the Honors Program with a BA in Economics in 1997.  While at UNC-CH, Amanda received a North Carolina Statewide Humanitarian Award for founding the University’s first chapter of the international medical charity, Operation Smile.

Amanda began her professional career as a health care consultant at Ernst & Young in New York City, but soon returned to her passion of helping others.  After working at the Women’s Prison Association (NY), Jumpstart (NY), the Robin Hood Foundation (NY) and K-World (Sweden & London), Amanda moved to Washington, DC in 2002 to launch Fair Chance.

Because of her commitment to children and families in Washington D.C., Amanda has received the following distinctions:   Washington Life Magazine’s  2005 Women of Substance and Style Award; 2005 Greensboro Day School (Greensboro, NC) Distinguished Alumni Award; 2012 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award; and one of  Washingtonian Magazine’s  2018 Washingtonian’s of the Year.

Amanda lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Alex, and their four boys (James-13; Mac-12; John-11; Brooks-9).