Amanda joined the FOS team in 2017. She is a conservation biologist with more than 20 years of non-profit management experience. Prior to working for FOS, she managed the USAID-AIME Program at Forest Trends. She also served as executive director for the Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy, Society for Ecological Restoration, the California Native Plant Society and Fundación Natura-Colombia. As Country Program Coordinator, she helped the Wildlife Conservation Society establish its conservation program in Ecuador. Amanda is originally from Bogota, Colombia. Based in Annandale, Virginia, Amanda enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Languages: English, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese

Interests: Natural resource management, partnership building, alternative livelihoods, native-plant gardening


  • MA Latin American Studies, Tropical Conservation and Development – University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • BSc Biology – George Mason University – Fairfax, Virginia

Contact Amanda to learn more about her work: