Meet Amanda, EEF's new Board President!
What inspired you to become a board member?
From a young age, I've seen education as a path out of poverty and instability. I am proud to be part of a nonprofit with a mission that enriches school experiences and supports students and teachers on their journey paths.
What’s your favorite EEF program?
I love all of the EEF programs! Supporting students' basic needs appeals to my practical side - how can we expect anyone to learn, grow and achieve if they don't have shoes in which to attend school, glasses to see the board or hygiene items to take care of themselves? Our support of interscholastic activities helps students try new things and explore their interests, developing their social, physical and emotional skills and getting them excited about school and life. Classroom grants help teachers provide amazing experiences for their students - I love seeing teachers' creativity and passion! And, helping students continue their education past high school through scholarships is a natural extension of it all.
If you could have an all-expense-paid adventure where would you go?
I think you're describing the Amazing Race here and I say, sign me up!
Tell us a fun fact about you:
I'm a Ravenclaw and my favorite Harry Potter character is Molly Weasley.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Passionate planner, list-maker and DIY-er. I'm also pretty good with house plants 🌱
Inspired during an internship at a Food Bank as an undergrad, Amanda fell in love with nonprofits and quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work. The nonprofit spark stuck, leading her to use her BA in Mass Communication and Journalism from California State University, Fresno to promote and uplift nonprofit messages in southern Arizona. She has enjoyed supporting our community with organizations like the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, the YMCA, and, of course, EEF. More than 15 years later, Amanda has earned a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and provides communication support to the fundraising team at the University of Arizona Foundation. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her partner and two pre-teen kids hiking, camping and walking their dog, Prince Leo.