Amanda Brown-Stevens

Meet Amanda

As Greenbelt Alliance’s Executive Director, Amanda Brown-Stevens directs the organization’s strategic vision in building a more climate-resilient Bay Area.

Amanda (she/her) brings a strategic vision for Greenbelt Alliance and the Bay Area informed by her experience in advocating for well-planned cities and towns and the protection of our region’s iconic greenbelt lands for over two decades. As Executive Director, Amanda has overseen an updated mission and vision for the organization to build on Greenbelt Alliance’s incredible legacy and meet the climate-related challenges facing our region today. During her tenure, Greenbelt Alliance has increased organizational expertise in nature-based interventions reducing fire and flood risk, and has deepened and broadened local community partnerships around the Bay Area with a focus on communities most vulnerable to climate hazards. Greenbelt Alliance also continues to be a leader in making the environmental and climate case for infill housing around the region and a strong voice for protecting our region’s iconic open spaces, wildlife habitat, and farmland from destructive sprawl development.

Prior to this role, Amanda oversaw Resilient by Design—a highly renowned design challenge that saw local communities partner with design professionals and other stakeholders—in search of innovative ways to strengthen the Bay Area’s resilience in the face of increasing sea level rise.

Amanda’s distinctive approach is built in part on a deep familiarity with the work and mission of Greenbelt Alliance prior to serving as Executive Director. Starting in 2006, she spent seven years with our organization, ultimately serving as Deputy Director by the time of her departure in 2013. Subsequently, she helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars to improve and support communities throughout California through public finance measures that protected iconic landscapes around the region, restored fish and wildlife habitat, and increased public access to the Bay Area’s open spaces.

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, and currently lives in the beautiful and walkable Grand Lake neighborhood of Oakland with her husband and two teenage daughters.

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