Amanda Porter began her tenure at The Elmezzi Foundation in 2010 as an Americorps Fellow and is now a part time Program Associate with the Foundation. Amanda supports the Executive Director with programmatic strategy and grantmaking responsibilities. She is passionate about inclusive urban development and working with low income communities to understand, from people on the ground, what it takes to create pathways to a sustainable and equitable urban environment. In the summer of 2014, Amanda traveled to Kampala, Uganda to pursue a fellowship as part of her graduate degree. During her time in Uganda she worked as a researcher for ACTogether, a support NGO for the Ugandan Slum Dwellers Federation and an affiliate of Slum Dwellers International, while concurrently conducting independent research on the gendered effects of forced evictions in Kampala’s slum settlements. Amanda strives to incorporate her experience and lessons learned both at home and abroad to enhance her work at The Elmezzi Foundation.
Amanda holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from The New School in New York City and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware. She is currently a doctoral student, pursuing a Ph.D. in Public and Urban Policy from The New School.