Amanda Brown has led an interesting career path starting from the Obama Administration to Rock the Vote to her current role as the Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council. Listen to her awesome stories about working on the campaign trail and her favorite moments with President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden. Amanda also shares tidbits from what she has learned from her family and husband along with her hopes for what the future may bring.
Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council
Amanda Brown is the Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC). In this role, Amanda works closely with the Chair, members of the Council, and the NWBC staff in support of the NWBC mission to be a leading voice on economic issues facing women entrepreneurs.
Two days after graduating from Dartmouth College in 2007, Amanda joined the Obama campaign, organizing in several states during the primary season – Nevada, Tennessee, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and North Carolina. She moved to the Chicago headquarters for the general election, serving as the surrogate desk for the Great Lakes Ohio Valley region and as the “bodywoman” for the President’s sister Maya Soetoro-Ng.
Amanda worked in the Obama Administration through 2011. First, she served on the President’s Transition Team and the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Amanda served as the Assistant to the Director in the White House Office of Political Affairs, beginning just a few hours after the President was sworn in through the winter of 2010. She then transitioned to the U.S. Department of Energy to be the Advisor for Strategic Planning, developing strategy for Secretary Chu’s medium and long-term agenda and making recommendations concerning the priorities of both the Department leadership and the Administration more broadly.
Amanda left the Administration in 2011 for Rock the Vote, and in some sense pay her experiences forward. As the National Political Director of Rock the Vote, Amanda oversaw the organization’s civic engagement programming, led the voter registration modernization advocacy efforts, managed partnerships, and worked closely with the digital team on the maintenance and development of Rock the Vote’s online voter registration tool.
Amanda is a 2014 Forbes 30-under-30 recipient in the Law and Public Policy field. She is a 2007 summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, with a Bachelor of Arts in both Government and Sociology.
This episode is dedicated to Kerry Washington.
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