Amanda Brown-Stevens


Managing Director

Amanda is Managing Director of Resilient by Design. In 2017, The Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge was launched as a year-long design challenge. The Challenge initiated an unprecedented collaboration between local communities, environmental advocates, design professionals, academic institutions, local jurisdictions, scientific organizations, and other stakeholders to bring an innovative design effort to plan for sea level rise impacts around San Francisco Bay. Over twelve months, local and international design teams worked alongside dozens of regional experts to develop solutions and through interdisciplinary research, collaboration with local stakeholders, and community outreach, these teams arrived at innovative design solutions for vulnerable sites around the Bay Area. Amanda is now continuing to lead a regional effort to move these ideas from vision to reality, to proactively reduce our region's flood risk before we face a major natural disaster, through creative nature-based solutions that benefit communities today and in the future.

Prior to this effort, Amanda helped communities throughout California develop and pass public finance measures raising hundreds of millions of dollars in new funding for conservation, parks and other essential infrastructure. Before that, as Deputy Director of Greenbelt Alliance, Amanda worked with communities throughout the nine-county Bay Area to protect our region’s iconic natural areas and encourage the right development in the right places.

Amanda holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University and an M.P.P. from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. She lives with her family in Oakland, where she worked in the early 2000s as Chief of Staff to Oakland City Councilmember Nancy Nadel.