Amanda Fins is a senior research associate with the Economic Opportunities Program. Her work includes the planning, management, and implementation of a variety of research and evaluation projects across EOP, with a primary focus on the Workforce Strategies Initiative.
Prior to coming to the Aspen Institute, Amanda completed a research fellowship at the National Women’s Law Center, where she worked on both quantitative and qualitative research projects to measure the impact of a wide range of barriers on women and their families’ well-being. Especially focused on the experience of women facing multiple forms of oppression, some of her areas of work included the impact of COVID-19 on women working in essential jobs, equal pay, the benefit of unionization for women, and the experience of girls and LGBTQ+ youth of color in schools. Amanda holds a master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in social policy from The George Washington University. During her time as a graduate student, she completed a research internship at EOP as well as a graduate assistantship with the GW Institute of Public Policy.
Amanda holds her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Montclair State University, from her home state of New Jersey. Outside of work, she is an avid reader, bad TV enthusiast, and likes to spend time outdoors – playing tennis, frequenting the local farmers market, and getting out of the city as often as possible.