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Amanda Brown Lierman '07

Amanda Brown Lierman is the Political and Organizing Director at the Democratic National Committee. In this role, Amanda directs the electoral and organizing strategy and investments of the party committee. Her department consists of regional pods, designed to support interdepartmental collaboration on the electoral strategy; a community engagement and partnerships team focused on proactive outreach and authentic relationships with base communities; and an organizing team because every zip code counts and organizing early and often is the key to winning. 

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Amanda has a wealth of experience — forging innovative partnerships, executing grassroots campaigns, advising key influencers, growing and building brands, and pushing the envelope with the intersectionality of politics. Two days after graduating from college, she joined the Obama campaign, organizing in several states during the primary season, and then serving as the surrogate desk for the Great Lakes Ohio Valley region and as the “bodywoman” for the President’s sister during the general election. Amanda moved to Washington, DC and worked in the Obama Administration through 2011 — first on the President’s Transition Team and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, then as the Assistant to the Director in the White House Office of Political Affairs, and then as the Advisor for Strategic Planning at the U.S. Department of Energy. Amanda left the Administration in 2011 to join Rock the Vote, a national nonprofit and nonpartisan organization with a mission to engage and empower young people to participate in our country’s political process – a chance to pay her experience forward. As the National Political Director, she oversaw the organization’s civic engagement programming during the 2012 presidential election cycle, led a national advocacy and public awareness campaign for voter registration modernization, and managed the maintenance and development of Rock the Vote's online voter registration tool, which was used by 2.5+ million young people during her tenure. Amanda then served as the Executive Director of the National Women's Business Council, an independent advisor to the President, Congress, and Small Business Administration on issues of impact and importance to women entrepreneurs. In this role, Amanda worked to better the business climate for women – increasing access to capital and to markets, helping women grow their businesses and create jobs, and ultimately using research to make a strong case for policy interventions. Most recently, Amanda was the Campaign Director for For Our Future Action Fund and For Our Future, an allied c4 and super PAC focused on progressive issues and winning elections.

Amanda is a 2014 Forbes 30-under-30 recipient in the Law and Public Policy field and a 2017 Washingtonian Magazine's 40-under-40. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2007 with a degree in Sociology. Amanda lives in Silver Spring, MD with her husband Kyle, daughter Belle, and rescue pup Junior Brown.

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