Evidence-Based Policy Manager
Amanda works with the Evidence-Based Policy team to evaluate newly released research studies and manage the philanthropy’s investments to grow the body of evidence on effective social programs. Prior to joining Arnold Ventures, Amanda worked for the nonprofit Family League of Baltimore, which funds and provides technical assistance to community‐based organizations that deliver programs and services to children and families in Baltimore. As director of data and evaluation, she was responsible for overseeing all data reporting, program quality, and evaluation efforts across Family League’s portfolio.
In addition, Amanda served as a consultant for the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, and later the Foundation. Her work focused on reviewing randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of social programs in order to identify those with promising evidence of effectiveness.
Amanda began her career in international development. She established and managed the Bangladesh office for Innovations for Poverty Action, where she oversaw the implementation of a number of RCTs. She also led fieldwork on an RCT in Malawi for the World Bank. Amanda helped monitor and evaluate programs for Save the Children and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine. She earned her master’s in international economics and international relations from Johns Hopkins University and her bachelor’s in economics and political science from the University of Wisconsin.