Curriculum Director, SPIN Academy
Amanda Cooper is a strategic communications professional with more than a decade of experience in nonprofit and labor organizations. She is a Partner at the LightBox Collaborative and continually challenges herself and the people she works with to ask the tough questions about their communications.
After many years working in-house as a communications director and press secretary, Amanda now shares her know-how more broadly as an independent consultant and collaborator with LightBox Collaborative. She has had the honor of doing media relations, communications and brand strategy, and messaging work with clients such as the Ella Baker Center, Transgender Law Center, GSA Network, and Demos. Amanda thoroughly enjoys conducting trainings because they maximize the impact of what she has learned in her career — and really, what’s better than standing in front of people and looking smart?
Previously she was the communications director for UNITE HERE, Workers United, and served in communications roles at the Brennan Center for Justice, the Children’s Village, Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, and SEIU-UHW. Amanda is one of the only people she knows who actually uses her undergraduate degrees, having studied communications studies and political science at UCLA. She currently lives in Oakland with her husband, daughter, and a lot of lemons.