Amanda joins the Portland Jobs With Justice team with seven years of labor organizing in Ashland, Oregon. In fall of 2014, the stagehands at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival expressed interest in joining the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) and that organizing drive began Amanda’s journey as a labor activist. The success of that campaign turned into chartering I.A.T.S.E. Local 154, where she served as the local’s first president, delegate to several committees and organizations including the Oregon AFL-CIO, and Chair of the Southern Oregon Central Labor Chapter.
Originally from south Louisiana, Amanda went to college for theatre arts where she began her career as an audio engineer. After a successful freelance career based out of Chicago, Amanda finally landed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Unfortunately in March 2020, the Covid 19 pandemic forced nearly all live event venues to shutter their doors. However, the following two years allowed her to reflect on the next chapter of her life and focus on moving forward as a workers rights activist. She is thankful for the opportunity to grow with Portland Jobs with Justice and join this amazing organization!