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AMANDA PARKER

Director, Events and Fundraising, Evergreen Partners

Amanda always dreamed of making a difference in the world around her. From an early age, she enjoyed volunteering and as she got older, explored ways to turn her desire to give back into a fulfilling career. Her most memorable trip has been when she spent a spring break in New Orleans, LA with Habitat for Humanity rebuilding homes and neighborhoods after Hurricane Katrina. She has a rewarding career as a nonprofit event-based fundraiser with Evergreen Partners. Amanda works with a range of clients supporting education, social justice, the arts and our youth. What she loves the most about her job is meeting the people who are creating the changes they wish to see in the world around them.

In 2013, she became deeply involved in a nonprofit organization, Project HEAL: Help to Eat, Accept and Live. She is currently the NJ Chapter Co-Leader and has served as Co-Chair of the 7th Annual Gala and has met hundreds of supportive and strong women across the country who share her desire to spread awareness and help others overcome their personal battles. Amanda is the oldest of three, plus one rescue dog named Sadie, and her mom is her hero.

Age:

26

Position:

Director, Events and Fundraising at Evergreen Partners

City, State you live in:

Kenilworth, New Jersey

One Great Achievement:

I completed my 200-hour LifePower Yoga Teacher Training while working full-time, and within one month of graduating from the certification program, I was hired as a part-time yoga instructor.

Currently Reading:

Erik Larson’s “Dead Awake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania”

Social Media:

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest

Philosophy of Life:

“What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when you bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.” – Henry David Thoreau. I believe we as individuals are capable of so many great things, and when we focus our energy to tap into the incredible potential that lies within us, good things will come of it. I truly believe our pasts were not meant to break or hinder us, but to inspire us and shape us, just as the future is not meant to scare or intimidate us.

Favorite Indulgence:

Netflix Marathons! House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, you name it, I’m watching it!

What’s a favorite restaurant in NJ? And what dish do you love there?

I LOVE Lola’s Latin Bistro in Metuchen. It is absolutely delicious, and never disappoints! I couldn’t possibly pick one favorite, so your best bet is to order up every single one of the tapas to enjoy with a group, and share a nice bottle of wine.

What’s one thing you love about the WA?

One of the best things about the WA is its desire to connect women and inspire them through a variety of cultural events and programs, while supporting such a vital center for the arts right here in our community. As a young professional, I am always seeking strong female role models who I can look up to and learn from. Through the WA, I am always in great company, and frequently exposed to thought-provoking dialogues, interviews, and conversations. It is so rewarding to be able to come together with passionate individuals who can share their stories with you, and inspire you to pursue your own dreams and aspirations.

One thing most people don’t know about me:

I grew up playing the trumpet as a kid and want to re-teach myself how to play again by the end of this year.