Amanda is currently pursuing a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning with a specialization in land/use and environmental planning at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before coming to UNC, she was a Park Naturalist at Gulf Branch Nature Center, for Arlington County, Virginia. Accomplishments included leading programs for adults on water conservation, integrated pest management, Energy Audits 101, and backyard wildlife habitats. She also pursuaded the county's Energy Manager to fund an energy audit for nature center, which led to renovations, and a more comfortable, energy-efficient building. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and minors in Environmental Studies and Music from James Madison University, VA.