Amanda joined Colorado Open Lands in 2010, after working as a Land Protection Specialist for The Nature Conservancy (RI) and a Conservation Projects Coordinator for the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust (MA). Before this, Amanda was a Program Technician for the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, working mainly with New England dairy farmers. Amanda grew up on her family’s farm in Western Massachusetts, and has a deep love of land and the hard work required to take care of it. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the UMass, Amherst, and an associate’s degree from Greenfield Community College (MA). Amanda loves to cook, is the president of the South Meadows Cemetery (circa 1793), and is thrilled to be a part of the Colorado conservation community.