Amanda Renteria: How to Create Impact in the Public & Private Sectors

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Amanda RenteriaAmanda Renteria has worked for Goldman Sachs, the City of San Jose, and two senators; has been a teacher and coach at her old high school; has run for Congress; held a top position in Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign; directed operations for the California Department of Justice and this year, ran for Governor of California.

She was born and raised in a farming town in the Central Valley of California. Her father had immigrated from Mexico and worked on the farms. Her mother was a secretary. She says they always told her she could do anything — and you might say that ever since she’s been busy proving them right.

Through it all, she’s been focused on just how you get good things done: trying to bridge the private sector’s focus on results with the public sector’s commitment to the common good. Along the way, she’s learned a lot about what works, and what doesn’t.

It’s a crucially important topic, especially now, as impact has become the watchword for government and nonprofits: Can you measure the good you’re doing? Are you making a difference that matters?

Amanda Renteria has thought a lot about questions like those, and has the insights to show — many of them arising from her own life story — as you’ll hear in this interview with Dastardly Cleverness host Spencer Critchley.

About Amanda Renteria

Amanda recently ran for Governor of California providing a unique voice in the most progressive state in the union. As a long-time public servant, she has served at every level of government and in several high level positions during key political moments of history.

Most recently, she served as Chief of Operations for the California Department of Justice. She was part of the executive team for Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Under her direction, she oversaw an annual budget of $850 million and manages a team of about 1,000 public servants.

Amanda began her government service at the local level in the City of San Jose and spent close to a decade in the United States Senate. During her Senate tenure, Amanda worked closely on the Affordable Care Act, the Farm Bill, and the Re-organization of the Auto Industry. She was named one of the top 50 most influential staffers and became the first Latina Chief of Staff in the United States Senate. In 2014, she returned to her hometown and was a candidate for US Congress in California’s 21st District, where she was chosen as the Democratic Party’s nominee.

In 2016, Amanda served as the National Political Director for Secretary Clinton’s presidential run. Amanda oversaw the campaign’s political strategy with elected officials and key constituency groups. Her team conducted a wide range of outreach and engagement programs at the local, state, and federal levels. Amanda often served as a surrogate and campaign spokesperson on all media platforms, including CNN, MSNBC, FOX, NPR, Univision and Telemundo and their state and local affiliates. She was featured in several publications including Allure, Buzzfeed, Cosmo, Elle, McClatchy, Politico, and Sports Illustrated.

She is a proud daughter of parents who began as farmworkers in the rural Central Valley of California, a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Business school, and a mom of two young energetic kids.