Amanda was born and raised in Albuquerque NM is a graduate of New Mexico public schools. Upon graduation from high school she left New Mexico to attend the University of Tulsa where she obtained a degree in international business and Spanish becoming the first person in her family to graduate from college.After college Amanda began a corporate career working for ConocoPhillips in Houston TX. After working in Houston Amanda returned to New Mexico to continue her career with ConocoPhillips eventually as Director of Stakeholder Relations for New Mexico. While working in Farmington Amanda completed the Leadership New Mexico Connect Program and was named Albuquerque Business First’s top business professional under 30.After six successful years in the energy sector Amanda pursued public service as the director of strategic outreach at the New Mexico Public Education Department. Her experience with the New Mexico Public Education Department affirmed her passion for education and motivated her to engage more stakeholders in working to improve New Mexico’s education system which led to the development and creation of NewMexicoKidsCAN where she now serves as founding Executive Director.