Amanda Plasencia

Grants Manager

Sacramento Enthusiast. Travel and adventure-seeking homebody. Proud Hufflepuff.

Amanda Plasencia (she/her/ella) serves as a Grants Manager for Third Plateau.

Before starting at Third Plateau, Amanda lived in the world of education for 8 years. Upon graduating from UC Davis with B.As in Political Science and Spanish, she served as a Teach For America corps member and fell in love with helping to support young people learn to love learning. She taught 7th grade life science, yes that means sex ed, at the Wright Middle School in Chelsea, Massachusetts for three years and then enrolled at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to obtain her Ed.M in Prevention Science and Practice.

She then returned to her hometown of Sacramento, CA where she served as the PBIS and Advisory Coordinator at Sacramento Charter High School. After three years in that role, she worked as an interim high school counselor at Cristo Rey High School, working with low-income students develop stronger plans to get to and through college.

Wanting to expand her experience, Amanda began working for My Sister’s House, a nonprofit supporting women and children escaping domestic violence and sexual assault as a development coordinator. She also has volunteered and continues to volunteer at the Sacramento Food Bank in the Legal Immigration Services. Amanda is here to bring her passions about education and immigration reform to Third Plateau.

Amanda lives in Sacramento, her beloved hometown. She loves to watch Bob’s Burgers and reruns of 30 Rock and Parks and Rec and also hike and explore Northern California in her spare time. You can also find her playing indoor soccer on Wednesday nights with about 5 members of her family and a host of family friends. They sometimes win.