Amanda Greenwell

Head, NSF Office of Legislative & Public Affairs

Amanda is currently the Head of NSF’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. In this position she is part of senior management at NSF and is responsible for supervising a team that communicates information about NSF’s vital mission to a diverse range of audiences including Congress, the news media, state and local governments, other federal agencies, and the research and education communities.

Prior to joining NSF, Amanda was the Director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs (OLIA) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As Director of OLIA, Amanda advised the Administration and senior leadership in NOAA and the Department of Commerce on the impact of congressional activities and worked with leadership to develop legislative strategies of importance to NOAA and the Administration.

Amanda has served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation as professional staff for the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and the Coast Guard. In that role she had oversight of NOAA and the U.S. Coast Guard, which has a broad array of security and non-security missions. Amanda advised Congressional members on a variety of issues including domestic and international fisheries, marine mammals, coral reefs, aquaculture, seafood safety and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Amanda earned her BS in marine biology from Hawaii Pacific University.
Amanda, her husband, and their two sons currently live in Alexandria, Virginia.


Bridging the Communications Gap for Key Stakeholders – Part I
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 1:05 pm
Join communicators from across NSF and the Large Facilities to discuss topics including the impact of the 2018 NSF branding guidelines and its implementation by recipients. Insights into social media from NSF as well as success stories from facilities will also be shared. Q&A will allow discussion on how all can work together towards more communications successes.

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