Amanda is a first-year Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) candidate concentrating in Global Politics and Security with a focus on transnational issues and democracies in Latin America. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Hispanic Studies from Columbia University, and as an undergraduate, studied abroad in the spring of 2013 at the Universidad de Sevilla. From 2014-2016 she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique, where she taught IT and English at a rural secondary school and spearheaded grassroots community development projects with HIV/AIDS youth activists.
After finishing her Peace Corps service, Amanda managed Latin American tech alliances and business partnerships at CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity firm. She then worked as a security researcher monitoring Latin American criminal networks. At Georgetown, Amanda serves as an MSFS Student Representative and is particularly interested in the intersection of international development and security in Latin America and Lusophone Africa. Amanda is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. After graduation, she aspires to serve as a Political Officer in the Foreign Service.
"I chose MSFS because I believe that the MSFS program will enable me to advance the cause of marginalized people through the vehicle of diplomacy, providing me with an exceptional grounding and scholarly community that will propel me to excel as a Foreign Service Officer."