Amanda holds a B.S. in Social Policy from Northwestern University. Amanda’s professional career has included running a boutique legal recruiting firm, managing a media company, as well as leading several real estate development projects. She has had a life-long commitment to service in her community. Amanda’s previous nonprofit experience includes administration, program development, fundraising and grant writing efforts. Amanda’s Board experience has been focused on disadvantaged youth, having previously served as both Board Member and Board Chair for Center for Independent Futures (Evanston, IL) and Metropolitan Family Services Metro Board (Chicago, IL). Her volunteer experience with local nonprofits is extensive. Amanda has led service learning initiatives in her children’s schools, partnering with local nonprofits to bring service learning to even the youngest of learners. Knowing first-hand both the benefits and challenges of growing up in a small rural community, it has long been a dream of Amanda’s to launch Blaze Kids Academy. She currently serves as Blaze Kids Academy’s Chief Trail Blazer (a.k.a. Executive Director).