Amanda Shepherd

Outreach, Advocacy, and Education in Indianapolis, Indiana

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Greetings and Merry Meet! I am an environmental advocate, avid lover of books and politics, and one lucky Momma. A little of my story follows...

I grew up in rural Indiana, surrounded by corn fields, playing basketball and exploring in creeks, as many Hoosiers do. I loved learning and graduated at the top of my high school class, then went on to obtain my B.S. and M.S. in Geology from Indiana State University, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude. While at ISU, I had the opportunity to participate as a student researcher aboard the R/V Roger Revelle during a scientific research cruise in the Gulf of Alaska. During this trip, I had the opportunity to work with Jason II, the cousin to the Jason Jr. ROV, best known for the exploration of the Titanic. My research focus while at ISU was in paleoclimatology and paleoceanography, opening the door to my lifelong passion for climate change awareness and advocacy.

After my stint in academia, I taught in public schools for 5 years. In addition to teaching various science courses I also served as a varsity volleyball coach for 3 years. I left teaching in 2011 for a job in industry in hopes of eventually finding work in the environmental field.

In 2012, I attended the Climate Reality Project’s Leadership Training in San Francisco and subsequently became actively involved in numerous nonprofit advocacy groups and founded my own informal group, WeCAN (Climate Advocacy Network), focusing on fighting for the adoption of a Climate Change Action Plan for Indiana.

After serving as a volunteer for Sustainable Indiana 2016 and Earth Charter Indiana, I was hired as the Senior Program Associate for the Hoosier Environmental Council in August 2014, where I continue to work daily to better protect the environment for Hoosiers all across Indiana.

I am lucky enough to be married to an amazing man and together we are the proud parents of three incredible girls who inspire us every day to make the world a better place.

  • Education
    • Indiana State University