Amanda Fuchs Miller
Amanda Fuchs Miller has 25 years of advocacy, policy, research and communications experience inside and outside of government.
Advocacy Experience: As Vice President of Government Affairs at Teach For America, Amanda served as the organization’s chief federal lobbyist while working with regions to move state policy forward. After graduating from law school, she worked in the legislative affairs group of the Washington D.C. law firm Piper Rudnick. As a consultant, Amanda has worked with numerous organizations to help them develop and implement advocacy plans.
Hill Experience: On the Hill, Amanda served as the Policy Director for Senator Mikulski in the United States Senate, and as the Investigative Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee Minority Staff, working on judicial nominations.
Executive Branch Experience: Amanda served in the Obama Administration as a political appointee at the Department of Justice - in the Office of Legal Policy coordinating vetting for judicial nominees, and then as Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division, working on policy and intergovernmental affairs. Prior to that, she worked on the Obama-Biden Transition on the confirmation teams for the Attorney General and the Department of Justice’s sub-cabinet appointees. She also served in President Clinton’s White House in the Office of Presidential Personnel, vetting cabinet and subcabinet appointees.
Political Campaign Experience: Amanda spent more then a decade working to help Democratic candidates get elected, in the field and as a consultant. Her campaign experience includes serving as Director of Policy and Research for Barack Obama’s and Geraldine Ferraro’s U.S. Senate races. She conducted research and policy development for numerous House, Senate and gubernatorial campaigns and for several Democratic political organizations, such as EMILY’s List and the Democratic National Committee. She worked in Israel on the successful campaign for Prime Minister Ehud Barak and served as the Midwest Press Secretary for the AFL-CIO’s Labor ’96 campaign.
Writing Experience: Amanda served as the editor of the Institute of Politics’ Campaign for President: The Managers Look in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016, and as the researcher for former Clinton speechwriter Michael Waldman’s book, My Fellow Americans.
Teaching Experience: Amanda is an adjunct faculty member at American University at the School of Public Affairs, teaching Women, Politics and the Media and Interest Groups, and at the School of Education, teaching a course on ESEA. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she teaches Legislation Law and Advocacy. Amanda has served as a guest lecturer at West Point and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She was the faculty recipient of the 2017-18 Alice Paul award from the Women & Politics Institute at American University.
Community Experience: Amanda currently serves on the board of the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project and DC Alliance of Youth Advocates (DCAYA). She has participated in pro bono consulting projects through Compass for the Homeless Children's Playtime Project and Playworks DC.
Education: Amanda graduated with a joint degree from Northwestern University School of Law (J.D.) and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (M.P.A.). She has her B.A./B.S. from Boston University in Political Science and Journalism.