Senior Program Specialist
Amanda is a senior program specialist in The Institute’s Maryland Center, focusing on projects addressing youth homelessness, implementation of evidence-based practices, and collaborative approaches to improving outcomes for children and youth. As part of her role, Amanda serves as the project manager for Youth REACH MD, a state effort to better understand the number, characteristics, and needs of unaccompanied homeless youth. Amanda also leads a collaboration between Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development and the National Alliance to End Homelessness to enhance implementation of Rapid Re-Housing in Maryland. In addition, she serves as the policy analyst for Thrive@25, a federally funded project to design, implement, and evaluate an intervention to reduce homelessness for youth aging out of foster care, and assists with Maryland's Title IV-E Waiver. Prior to joining the Institute, Amanda gained experience in both public and private youth serving systems, including the behavioral health division of Maryland’s Department of Juvenile Services, and the National Institute for Permanent Family Connectedness, where she supported national implementation and evaluation of Family Finding. She also has experience managing quality assurance for an intensive day-treatment program in Oakland, California and leading a therapeutic after-school program in Baltimore. Amanda received her master’s in social work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Chicago.