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Amanda Devecka-Rinear

West Creek, NJ

Amanda is a fourth-generation Cedar Bonnet Island resident with more than 15 years experience in community organizing and strategic leadership. Prior to founding the New Jersey Organizing Project in 2015, Amanda was the National Campaign Director for National Peoples' Action. Amanda began her career as Program Director for New York City PoliceWatch, part of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. She was a founding board member of FIERCE and the recipient of a Union Square Award in 2003 for work around criminal justice in NYC. She was part of city-wide student organizing to successfully preserve in state tuition, and thus access to public higher education for Immigrant New Yorkers. In 2005 as a lead organizer at NPA affiliate, the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, she led an effort that brought 25 million dollars to construct new schools in one of NYC's most overcrowded school districts.

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