Consultant 2015 - 2019
In addition to her work at Boost, Amanda recently completed a PhD in Philosophy from The Graduate Center at The City University of New York, a top-ranked Philosophy department. Amanda has previously spent many years designing curriculum and teaching undergraduate courses in Business Ethics, Logic, Communications Ethics, and Introduction to Philosophy at Brooklyn College and Medgar Evers College. Her academic work focused on feminist philosophy, philosophy of language, and experimental philosophy.
In her time at The Graduate Center, Amanda was involved with a number of initiatives to attract and retain Philosophy students from underrepresented groups. She was co-coordinator of the New York Society for Women in Philosophy workshop series and sat on the Philosophy department Diversity Recruitment Committee. She also co-founded and chaired The Graduate Center chapter of Minorities and Philosophy, which continues to host speaker series, pedagogy workshops, and recruitment events, all aimed at making the undergraduate classroom more hospitable to students from a variety of backgrounds.
Prior to academia, Amanda served as an AmeriCorps Public Ally at the Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she designed and implemented a life skills program for teens transitioning out of pediatric health care.
Amanda holds an MA in Philosophy from Tufts University and graduated magna cum laude from the George Washington University with a BA in Women’s Studies and Economics. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with her wife and enjoys cooking, weightlifting, and exploring all five boroughs.
Project Manager and Senior Fellow 2016-2018
Prior to Boost, Rachel Roth served on the founding team of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program. In this role, she managed the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, which strives to reward and shine a spotlight on community colleges that deliver exceptional student results and stimulate replication of practices leading to student success.
Previously, Rachel was the Director of Internal Communications at Strayer University where she developed communications and change management strategies that ensured effective execution of key university initiatives. She also worked at New Sector Alliance, a consulting and leadership development firm, where she recruited, trained, and coached teams of MBA students, undergraduates, and professional consultants to complete strategy consulting engagements for nonprofit organizations.
Rachel has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She lives in Bethesda, MD and enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities, and anything related to eating.
Boost Fellow 2016-2017
My fellowship with Boost was a journey full of learning opportunities and enriching experiences, rewarding in several ways. As a professional starting a career in the nonprofit sector, Boost gave me the chance to work with many prestigious organizations in the area, while sharpening my analytic skills and critical thinking. Every client is different– a unique story, a new challenge; as a Boost fellow, I got to hear these stories, learn from them, and collaborate in writing their new chapter. Aside from the strategic and program-based client work, the fellowship has been an opportunity to gain practical administrative skills that will always be useful and you don’t learn at school. Being a startup company, I enjoyed the responsibility of delivering contributions that mattered for the development of Boost; it’s a unique opportunity to innovate processes and help build the structure of a successful consulting firm. The team is incredibly talented and it was an honor to work by their side and learn from them. The Boost fellowship is a dynamic, demanding and exciting experience… enjoy the ride!