Bio: Amanda D. González is a PSJA North ECHS graduate of the Class of 2014 and was a participant of the inaugural CSLAP cohort in 2013. She worked as a student journalist at her collegiate newspaper/online publication, Hilltop Views, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, Rhetoric and Writing with a specialization in Journalism and Digital Media and a minor in Spanish from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. During the 85th Texas Legislature, she served as a legislative intern for State Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., who represents her hometown of Pharr, Texas. She also gained multimedia skills and bipartisan messaging experience as a digital communications assistant at the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives, which is the oldest and largest Latino caucus in the nation. Amanda currently works at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, where she utilizes social media strategies and creative software to highlight CPPP’s research and advocacy while engaging with the greater Texas community on policy issues of education, health care, financial security, immigration, and voting rights. Amanda is interested in blogging, photography, and networking.
Mentoring interests: College admissions essays; college transition; careers in journalism, politics, and policy; advocacy engagement; resume building; interview preparation; internship and scholarship searching