The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) oversees our network strategy. All former leaders, interns and/or volunteers, the YAB takes the lead for building our community, monitoring our impact, reinforcing our brand and cultivating relationships.
Amanda Ottosson works as a Healthcare Improvement Fellow for the Quality and Performance Institute at URC-CHS and USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project. Amanda works closely with the Director of the USAID ASSIST Project working on program implementation, finance, health systems strengthening and quality improvement mechanisms. Prior to her position as a Healthcare Improvement Fellow, Amanda worked on community health projects in rural Ghana. Amanda has a BA in Global Economics from the University of California Santa Cruz and an MSc in Development Studies from Uppsala University, Sweden.
Vanessa recently graduated with a joint honours Bachelors degree in Spanish and International Relations. Her passion is human rights and international development which she advocates through: free education; freedom of movement; environmental safeguarding; equal redistribution of wealth, property, and power; and finally the abolishment of conflict of interest. She plans to dedicate her life to these causes and feels that AMP is a great platform for her vision of our ‘global tomorrow’. Knowledge is power and Organisation is paramount when we are talking about sustainable social change and, for Vanessa, AMP is already a part of that process. In her own words “A better world is absolutely possible so lets spread the good news and get to work.”
Sofia has been working with AID for about 5 years now and is currently studying in a joint medical program to obtain her BA/MD. She has always been interested in global/public health, US-American-Muslim relations, and US foreign policy towards the Middle East. In addition to AID, Sofia is working with the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN) and the NYU Prevention Research Center and she previously interned with the Temple of Understanding at the United Nations. Sofia is also volunteering for an exciting historical archives project related to India (her country of origin).
Kelly has been a member of the Advisory Board since 2012. She joined Americans for Informed Democracy in 2012 as an editor, from which she moved on to Coordinator for Hope Not Hate in 2013. Her favorite experience with Americans for Informed Democracy was the retreat weekend spent with the Hope Not Hate group in Washington, DC. She loved the enthusiasm and energy of everyone involved, and the momentum it gave the program. It continues to fuel her excitement for Americans for Informed Democracy and the launch of AMP. Kelly is a law student at Rutgers University in Newark, where she is pursuing her passion for immigrant rights and advocacy. Her background is in government and public service.
Charlie is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Affairs with a concentration in nonprofit management from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Charlie currently serves as the SPEA Service Corps Fellow at Serve IT, a nonprofit clinic that helps meet the technology needs of nonprofit organizations in the Bloomington, IN community. Before going back to school he spent 3 years as Field Operations Manager at The ONE Campaign, an international grassroots advocacy organization that works to end extreme poverty and preventable disease. There he worked to engage grassroots volunteers around the United States to mobilize them to take action, and helped implement new digital tools for effectively advocating, including an SMS advocacy platform and a new grassroots action tracking database.
In 2007 he and some friends at Western Kentucky University founded a chapter of what was then called Americans for Informed Democracy (Now AMP Global Youth) where they worked on issues of global justice, including extreme poverty, fair trade, and climate change, and more broadly around civic engagement in the local community. Getting to make lifelong friends while getting hands dirty in organizing practice has been the highlight of his work with AMP Global Youth, and is what led him to pursue this work as a career.