Amanda is the CEO of Code for America, an organization that helped launch the civic tech ecosystem in the United States. Today, Code for America partners with governments and community-based organizations leveraging technology to create equitable government systems focused on programs that strengthen the social safety net, increase access to tax benefits, automate record clearance, and foster an active civic tech volunteer network across the country. In September 2021, they launched a mobile-first tax credit portal in English and Spanish in partnership with the White House and Treasury. In April of 2022, they were awarded a philanthropic investment of $100 million to improve state social safety net systems over the next several years. In addition to leading Code for America, Amanda is a paid contributor to the BBC and ABC News on policy and political matters in the United States.
Before Code for America, Amanda served as the Chief of Operations for the largest Justice Department in the country, overseeing 1,000 public servants and an $850 million budget, the National Political Director during the 2016 United States Presidential Campaign for Secretary Clinton, and a Chief of Staff in the United States Senate where she worked for nearly a decade, becoming the first Latina Chief of Staff in the history of the U.S. Senate.
Amanda grew up in a small, agricultural town in the Central Valley of California and is the proud daughter of former farmworkers and an immigrant father. She serves on several non-profit boards and holds degrees from Stanford University and Harvard Business School.