Amanda Wagner brings a diverse background in program and policy development related to city planning, community development, public health, food systems, and people-centered social enterprise to her role at LSS. In her decade-plus tenure as a program manager with the City of Philadelphia, Amanda was responsible for soliciting, implementing and monitoring several large federal and state grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Block Grant, and the Environmental Protection Agency supporting community health initiatives, institutional policy change, and community-driven development.
She designed and launched a community grantmaking program with a local community development financial institution to provide ~$1 million in gap funding for community-led food-based enterprises—serving as lead on the development of letters of interest, application and promotional material, outreach tools, applicant support and training, language translation, and selection committee facilitation. She also supported the co-creation and presentation of recommendations regarding federal food and farm policy to the Biden Federal Agency Transition Teams as a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Food Policy Advisors Network.
As co-chair of the membership-based Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council, she supported policy development and program design informed by community residents centering anti-racism and social justice. Prior to her work in the City, she led regional stakeholder engagement and research with the local metropolitan planning organization and national farm bill advocacy as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Wagner holds a bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College.