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Amanda Broun

Lecturer; Executive Vice President, Convergence Center for Policy Resolution

Amanda Broun joined Independent Sector (IS) in 2013 as Vice President, Programs and Practice. In her role, Broun leads efforts to strengthen leadership, accountability, and effectiveness in nonprofit organizations of all sizes and missions. She also sits on the senior management team at IS.

Broun served as the project director, working with Independent Sector’s ethics and accountability advisory committee, to update IS’s Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice, released in early 2015. Since their release, Broun has conducted numerous workshops and spoken on panels to help the sector implement the Principles.

Broun has years of experience supporting nonprofits through policy, program, and capacity building, most recently at Public Education Network (PEN), a network of community-based public education advocacy organizations. Prior to PEN she served as Chief Education Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.  As counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, Amanda drafted legislation and committee reports, including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. She frequently represented former Committee Chairman, the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy in negotiations with staff from all branches of government.

Prior to working on the Hill, she was legislative counsel in the Intergovernmental Affairs Office of the NYC Office of Management and Budget, where she did extensive writing and analysis of the fiscal impact of proposed state legislation. She also was a staff attorney in the Office of the General Counsel of the NYC Board of Education.


  • J.D., New York University School of Law
  • B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University.