Amanda Nicole Rodriguez’s community work revolves around supporting environmental, labor, gender, educational, racial, and cultural justice efforts with a focus on the wellness of all people, especially those most impacted. They work with organizations to bridge environmental and racial justice practices for land development in regards to protecting sacred sites in our community. Amanda has led efforts to support nonprofits in creating culturally relevant and equitable programming to empower youth of color. They were also a member of the planning committee for the Seven Generations Training in the Bay Area that focused on Indigenous futurism and ensured access to Black and Indigenous leaders of color.
Amanda’s professional role at Rockwood Leadership Institute as Director of People and Culture weaves aspects of nature and culture to create pathways for wellness. This builds upon past career experience in organizing with unions and high school teachers about financial literacy and professional development. Among their achievements at Rockwood are building relationships with staff and supporting their intersectional and inherent leadership, which involves cultivating behaviors through practice to sustainably enable engagement in values-based projects while simultaneously challenging structures of oppression. For example, they incorporate ecological awareness, restorative methods, and liberatory wellness policies that inform how human resources support staff.
Additionally, Amanda is a coach for Coaching for Healing, Justice, and Liberation. The purpose of their work is to support transformation and healing of Black and Indigenous leaders. They actively engage with their network for developing strategies to support their coaching partners.