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Amanda Hwu

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Director, Midwest Organizing Infrastructure Funders, Neighborhood Funders Group

As Director of the Midwest Organizing Infrastructure Funders program, Amanda builds strategies, relationships, and infrastructure that enable funders to reimagine their role as one that is in right relationship to movement and dedicated to organizing resources towards a world where philanthropic resources are liberated to BIPOC and low-income communities.

Amanda is skilled in designing and implementing programs rooted in collective leadership, community care, and accountability to community power and self-determination. She joined NFG in 2021 with experience in directing the grantmaking strategy for a grassroots fund supporting Asian and Pacific Islander-led power building organizations, managing and scaling an equity-centered capacity-building initiative within a family foundation, building data systems for violence prevention programs, and coordinating training programs for radical young BIPOC organizers. Amanda is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent and was raised with class privilege in East Central Illinois. Her lived experiences have cultivated a rigorous and tender approach to facilitating work that allow us experiment, play, and rest towards collective liberation.

Amanda is a Board Member of Healing to Action, a grassroots organization dedicated to building the leadership and collective power of survivors to end gender-based violence. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois and Master's degree in Social Administration from the University of Chicago. Amanda also spends her time crocheting, making clay earrings, and reinventing childhood recipes with loved ones.