Education & Research Project Manager
Amanda is a PhD Candidate in Urban Studies – specializing in Community Development & Popular Education at Portland State University. Amanda is most interested in Participatory Budgeting's potential to make civic engagement relevant + fun and to increase civic + political agency. In addition to her research, Amanda has been working in student organizing, support programs, training & education for the last decade. She is passionate about education & participatory processes as a way to redistribute power and build movements for social change. As a facilitator, Amanda excels in utilizing non-conventional, participatory methods such as games, art-based activities, and reflective practices that build critical consciousness + collaborative skills.