Amanda is currently running for Governor of California. She recently stepped down as the Chief of Operations for the California Department of Justice where she managed an annual budget of $850 million and a division of 1,000 public servants. Amanda has had a unique and diverse career starting out in the financial industry, moving to education as a teacher in her small hometown community and finally spending the majority of her career in public service. Amanda began her government service at the local level in the City of San Jose and spent close to a decade in the United States Senate. During her Senate tenure, Amanda worked closely on the Affordable Care Act, the Farm Bill and the reorganization of the Auto Industry. She was named one of the top 50 most influential staffers and became the first Latina Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate. In 2014, she returned to her hometown and was a candidate for U.S. Congress in California’s 21st District, where she was chosen as the Democratic Party’s nominee. In 2016, Amanda served as the National Political Director for Secretary Clinton’s presidential run. Amanda oversaw the campaign’s political strategy with elected officials and key constituency groups. Her team conducted a wide range of outreach and engagement programs at the local, state and federal levels. Amanda often served as a surrogate and campaign spokesperson on all media platforms, including CNN, MSNBC, FOX, NPR, Univision and Telemundo and their state and local affiliates. She was featured in several publications including Allure, Buzzfeed, Cosmo, Elle, McClatchy, Politico and Sports Illustrated. Amanda’s experience has given her a unique perspective on all aspects of the political arena from engaging with political institutions at the highest level to understating small town organizing across multiple states. Her experience at the local, state and federal level has also exposed her to some of the best practices around the country. She is a proud daughter of parents who began as farmworkers in the rural Central Valley of California, a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Business School and a mom of two young energetic kids.