Amanda Montez currently serves as the Senior Director for Housing and Community Development with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, where she works with member companies and partners to to impact regional policies related to housing and land use. She previously worked on the implementation of Santa Clara County’s Community Plan to End Homelessness with Destination: Home. Before joining Destination: Home, Amanda served as the Community Outreach Specialist for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, where she worked to educate their diverse constituencies in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties about public lands and the $300 million general obligation bond that was successfully passed by voters in 2014. She also previously served as a Policy Analyst with the City of San Jose. Amanda came to Santa Clara County after living and working in Washington, DC, where she served as Legislative Analyst for the National Council of La Raza, a PAC Manager with the American Hotel and Lodging Association, and as a Business Development Specialist with the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).
Amanda is a member of the Board of Directors of California’s oldest nonprofit land trust, the Sempervirens Fund. She is a board member for Santa Clara County’s League of Conservation Voters and previously served on the boards of the Silicon Valley Young Democrats and DAWN. Currently, she serves as the Vice Chair of the City of San Jose’s Housing and Community Development Commission. Amanda holds a master’s degree in Political Management with a concentration in Strategic Issues Management and a bachelor’s degree in Political Communications from the George Washington University. She is a member of the Latino Leadership Alliance Academy’s Fifth Cohort through Stanford University. On her weekends she loves to hike and catch up on her reading.