Ms. Childress is an international development and public administration professional with US, international, non-profit and institutional experience and over 15 years of senior leadership experience in the field managing large, complex multi-sectorial portfolio’s and development programs in sub-Saharan Africa. She has served as Country Director, Country Representative, Regional Director, Senior Advisor and in other positions with the Netherlands Development Organization, the United States Agency for International Development, United Nations Development Program, Africare, Pact and the University of Illinois based in Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso, Angola, Tanzania, Madagascar and others in a regional capacity. Amanda specializes in organizational leadership and development, resource mobilization and managing high profile and complex programs in difficult contexts. She has experience with a diverse set of donors and partners including DfID, USAID, DGIS, World Bank, United Nations, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the private sector.
Ms. Childress holds a Master of Public Administration and is completing her Doctorate. She has several professional certifications and is fluent in French. Amanda is passionate about her work and committed to finding smart and scalable solutions to advance the plight of the poor and marginalized worldwide.
Amanda enjoys the arts, including classical dance, coaching basketball and she’s a huge fan of Formula 1!