Amanda Garzon, MA

As the Chief Operations Officer, Amanda is responsible for developing and implementing operations strategies that allow the Hydrocephalus Association (HA) to meet its strategic goals and vision. She works in partnership with the CEO and management team to find innovative ways to grow revenue that support the diverse research and patient-focused programs of the association. She oversees the development and oversight of education and advocacy initiatives, patient-centered support services as well as the management and implementation of an aggressive communications and marketing strategy. Amanda’s passion for the mission of the association stem from a personal connection to the condition as the mother of an adult daughter with hydrocephalus.

Prior to joining HA in August 2012, Amanda served as the Director of Operations for iConstituent, a software firm specializing in communications and database solutions for elected officials, particularly Members of Congress. iConstituent purchased InterAmerica Technologies where, over her 10-year tenure with InterAmerica, Amanda launched a Business Process Management consulting division and was the Client Services manager for Federal government and corporate clients, among other responsibilities.  Amanda started her professional career in the international non-profit field where over a 5-year period she worked on economic and political development projects in El Salvador, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe.

Amanda holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. In her spare time Amanda enjoys being a mom of two wonderful daughters, yoga, evenings with good friends and food, and leading her high school daughter’s Girl Scout troop.