Manager, Association of Science and Technology Centers
Amanda Fisher is the Manager of Gender Equity Initiatives, a position that serves both the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) and the National Girl Collaborative Project (NGCP). She leads efforts towards equity in gender representation as a part of the IF/THEN Initiative and works to spread and scale inclusive approaches that advance equity and access to STEM education across networks. Amanda brings 15 years experience in both formal and informal education to the SSI board. In 2011, Amanda served as a Regional Hub Leader for the Girls RISE Net in which she delivered workshops to educators highlighting the barriers for women in STEM fields, and shared techniques to better engage girls in STEM. From 2013 - 2018, Amanda was the lead program developer for the NSF- funded project Designing Our World: A Community Envisioning Girls as Engineers a project aimed at inspiring youth, especially girls and Latinas, to pursue engineering careers. Through this project, Amanda worked with community partners and engineer role models, developed a comprehensive suite of educational resources, and delivered professional development workshops on engaging girls in engineering at informal science centers across the country. During her 10 years at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Amanda was pivotal in creating and leading the OMSI Science Communication Services Department where she trained hundreds of research scientists in effective communication techniques in order to deliver engaging presentations to community members, and created Broader Impact plans for federal grants to assist researchers looking to expand and improve their STEM outreach. More recently, Amanda served as a Co-PI on the NSF-funded Building Capacity for Co-Created Public Engagement with Science where she worked closely with civic, scientific, and community partners to co-develop a conversation-based forum.