Amanda Padilla

Senior Manager, Strategic Engagement & Creative Direction, Costa Rica

As Senior Manager of Strategic Engagement & Creative Direction, Amanda partners with Namati teams on strategic initiatives, partnerships and creative assets to advance social and environmental justice. While Amanda leads and supports the development of various creative assets, film is emerging as her speciality. In the past years, she’s co-directed and produced a couple of short documentaries. Amanda is forever strategizing about how to foster two-way, meaningful engagement between Namati and our key audiences.

Creative communications and resource mobilization have been the main themes of her career. From serving as the Chief Advisor of Communications for an elected official; to partnering with government agencies and foundations to launch the Partnership for Freedom, announced by President Obama in 2012; to working with artists, orators, celebrities (okay just one!), community members, philanthropists and NGO & tech trailblazers while managing various high profile events; to pulling from deep institutional knowledge to help shape the future of global communications at Namati.

She is currently a board member of and an inaugural member of the Human Rights Day planning committee. In 2018, she received a Certificate of Honor from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for advancing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights principles. She formally served on the Women’s Community Clinic Advisory Council in San Francisco.

Amanda has her M.A. in International Politics and resides in Costa Rica with her family.