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Amanda is a social entrepreneur and CEO/Co-founder of Latinos for Education, the first Latino-founded and led national organization solely dedicated to creating leadership pathways for emerging Latino leaders in education and focused on diversifying Education nonprofit Boards. The mission is to develop, place and connect essential Latino leadership in the education sector. With the significant increase in the Latino demographic in the country, her organization is ensuring that Latino voice and leadership is included in decision making and influence on the direction of public education. She leads one of the fastest growing organizations of this kind in the country. Amanda began working on issues of educational opportunity and representation serving as the VP of Latino external engagement at Teach For America and a Director at the Bridgespan Group, supporting clients on organization and talent development. Amanda’s career spans over 25 years working in the fields of recruiting, diversity, organization development, change management, strategic planning and Latino community engagement. Over the course of her professional career, Amanda has been a frequent speaker at conferences and events. She is a Trustee of the Board with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Roxbury Community College. She is a Fall 2015 Aspen Pahara Fellow out of the prestigious Aspen Institute and delivered the convocation speech at Boston University School of Education graduation. El Planeta has twice named her one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in Massachusetts. Amanda holds an M.S. in Education from Fordham University and a BA from Western Illinois University.