- Posted by Shannon Lanier
- On January 13, 2023
Amanda Koonjbeharry enjoys merging her public policy, community engagement and facilitation background with communication strategies to find the right solutions for our clients.
Amanda has successfully helped her clients navigate issues of reputation management and crisis, and supported the launch of several statewide initiatives. Her work spans government, nonprofit and corporate environments where she advises on issues of domestic violence and sexual violence prevention, anti-human trafficking, housing and homelessness, higher education, environmental justice, civic engagement, and policing and public safety.
Amanda is passionate about creating spaces to build authentic connections and community. She recently co-founded a community initiative called In Sisterhood, We Brunch to support and empower women of color in her home state of Minnesota. Amanda’s community involvement previously included serving as council member for the Minnesota Department of Human Services Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council, board member of Family Housing Fund and board member of Avenues for Youth.
Amanda received the Rising Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development in 2021, was named by the YWCA Minneapolis in 2020 as “20 Asian American and Pacific Islander Women to Know,” and was named 40 Under 40 by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in 2018.
Amanda is trained in the Technology of Participation (ToP) facilitation method, holds a bachelor’s degree in Family Social Science, a master’s degree in Social Work, and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
When not working, you can find Amanda dancing at a salsa class, traveling to a new city, immersed in a good book, or exploring restaurants in her new home of Dallas-Fort Worth.