Amanda jumped into her career in public relations early as a student at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, amassing several major internship experiences before graduating. Amanda’s PR journeys have taken her to roles within Kennedy Health System, Media Friendly Public Relations, Oglivy Public Relations and Prosek Partners, as well as holding the role of Firm Director for the legendary student-run communications firm, Hill Communications, at Syracuse University. This jumpstart in the field lends itself well to her clients, all of whom have benefited from her sharp media relations acumen, well-honed writing skills and natural business know-how.
Born In: Cherry Hill, N.J.
Current Residence: Manayunk section of Philadelphia, PA
Aliases: Mandy Mikes, Panda
Education: B.S. Public Relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University
Pet: I have a Beta fish named after Enrique Iglesias who likes to synchronize swim to “Bailando”.
Proudest Professional Moment: When I won the Mary Zoretski Key Award for an outstanding senior woman in communications at Syracuse University’s Newhouse Awards.
Personal Hero: My mom. She had a full-time career as a physician while raising two kids—and she was awesome at both jobs! She also happens to be an excellent cook. If you ever need a good recipe, she has a whole scrapbook full of her best ones.
I Heart Vault Because: There is never a day here without laughter.
Little Known Trivia Fact: My initials spell a body part: A.R.M.
Best Vacation Ever: When I went to Israel with my family. Despite the fact that on our last day of the trip we all got food poisoning, we had a fantastic time. Plus, you know what they say — the family that gets sick together stays together!
Desired Work-Related Superpower: Answering emails in my sleep.
A Campaign to Remember: At Oglivy PR, I participated in a group intern project to develop a plan to help launch the 2014 Ford Fiesta. The presentation included fluorescent lights, glow-in-the-dark props and a lot of high energy.
Most Wanted Client: Starbucks
My Spirit Animal: The Bengal cat. It’s a hybrid with the appearance of a wild cat but the friendly personality of a domestic one.