Amanda R. Matos
New York City
Amanda R. Matos is a third generation Puerto Rican/Nuyorican from the Bronx, New York. She has devoted her work to alleviating barriers to reproductive health care and education in communities of color through capacity building, political education, and lobbying at the local, state, and federal level. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The WomanHOOD Project (Helping Ourselves Overcome Discrimination), which is an innovative after school mentorship program for young women of color in the Bronx. Amanda also works in the reproductive rights field, organizing communities to advocate for legislation that protects people's access to healthcare
Amanda was recently appointed Co-Chair of the Young Women’s Advisory Council for the Young Women’s Initiative, launched by New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito as a multi-sector approach to addressing the barriers young women and girls of color face locally.
Her dedication to racial and gender justice has been recognized by the national Peace First Prize, Young People For- a program of People for the American Way, and Columbia University. Amanda is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied Ethnic Studies and Human Rights, focusing on the intersections between sexism and racism in the United States.