Mandy comes from a background as a nonprofit program manager with an emphasis on youth development, gender equity, and arts advocacy. She excels in highly organized project management, keeping a clear vision of all the moving parts while staying focused on end goals and big picture changes.
Through her years of direct service work in youth development and progressive arts organizations, she’s grown her capacity for effective program implementation in the nonprofit sphere, as well as developed a strong equity lens focused on community building and cultivating reciprocal relationships. This led her to pursue a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington to deepen her project management and strategic leadership skills.
Mandy currently serves on the Board of Directors for Seattle Girls Choir. She can most often be found gardening, biking around, making music, and looking for her next cup of coffee.
Why are you a strategist for good?
“I’ve seen firsthand how authentic community engagement and relationship building are powerful tools for affecting positive change in the world. I’m excited to take my learnings and apply them at new levels as a strategist for good, and to keep learning from the motivated people around me doing important work in progressive movements.”
What’s your superpower?
“I can stay very calm and focused in intense situations. Maybe it has something to do with being a gardener (and an earth sign), but I keep grounded and organized even if/when things get a little messy. It’s something I can offer to a team and use as a tool when navigating complex projects.”
Who is your intellectual crush?
“Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass and Gathering Moss. The way she weaves together progressive environmental thought with indigenous teachings is grounding and inspiring. Her work is also very meditative, I find. I’ll regularly go back and reread chapters (Epiphany in the Beans is a favorite) as a reminder on how to stay present and emphasize reciprocity, especially in relation to the environment and our communities.”