Economic Opportunity Division
Amanda Winters serves as a program director in the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices Economic Opportunity Division, where she serves as an adviser to state leaders on post-secondary and workforce policies.
Most recently, Amanda’s work has focused on state post-secondary financing with an emphasis on equity and measurable outcomes. She is also working on projects examining state longitudinal data systems, short term credentials, work-based learning, occupational licensure, state higher ed oversight and connecting education and work. She is working with colleagues and collaborative partners to expand the post-secondary portfolio in NGA’s Center in response to the needs of states.
Before joining NGA , Amanda was Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at the Illinois Board of Higher Education where she worked on issues across the P-20 spectrum. In addition to working with 100+ institutions in the state to provide institutional and program review, she worked with the community college system and the state workforce board on collaborative projects to promote college access and completion. She also taught in community college and university classrooms for 7+ years.
Amanda holds a bachelor’s in history from the University of Missouri-Rolla, a bachelor’s in criminal justice and a master’s in history from the University of Illinois- Springfield. Her academic research has focused on the history of correctional institutions and education for incarcerated individuals.