Welcome our newest guest blogger: Amanda!

AW.pngJoin us in welcoming our newest guest blogger, Amanda Herz! Amanda is a School Coordinator at Youth Policy Institute. Over the next year, we will be posting Amanda's thoughts and perspectives on the theme of investment -- investing in part-time staff, investing yourself in your mission, gaining investment from colleagues, and working with community partners.

See below for more information about Amanda's background and experience.


Amanda Herz grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. She completed two bachelor’s degrees (Latin American Studies and Spanish) and two minors (Multicultural Studies and Business) at the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2010.

After completing her undergraduate degrees she accepted a two-year Americorps fellowship with the educational, nonprofit, Citizen Schools in Santa Fe, New Mexico. There, she advocated for family and student access by providing school site translation and teaching reinforcement math and English sections every afternoon. During her second year she transitioned to be the Regional Family and Student Engagement Lead and oversaw three school site teams’ family and student engagement across the state of New Mexico.

Upon completion of her teaching fellowship she attended the Truman School of Public Affairs where she received her master’s degree in Public Policy (with an emphasis in educational research and nonprofit management). Amanda was fortunate to receive a full-ride to graduate school by working as an Assistant Director of Fundraising and Community Engagement for a university-based nonprofit, A Way with Words & Numbers.

Graduating with her master’s degree in 2015 Amanda headed out to California with her husband Robert to work as a Site Coordinator for Youth Policy Institute’s GEAR UP department. She currently serves as Grant Program Coordinator with YPI.

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