Before coming to the Berkman Center, Amanda worked on the Dean and Kerry campaigns. She was National Director of Generation Dean, Howard Dean's official youth outreach program. On the Kerry campaign, Amanda created and directed the Media Corps program, the campaign's grassroots media effort, and later in the campaign she and Zack Exley supervised Ohio's Internet-field operation. Along with other members of the Kerry Internet team, Amanda also co-founded the New Organizing Institute, which trains young techies and organizers the essentials of campaigning online.
Amanda received a Bachelors in Philosophy at the University of Vermont.