Amanda Rocha
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
Jolt Initiative, Logistics Coordinator for Movement Mujeres

Amanda Rocha is a proud native Houstonian. She is the Logistics Coordinator for the Movement Mujeres program at Jolt, a Texas-based multi-issue organization that builds the political power and influence of Latinos in our democracy. Amanda is especially energized by her work at Jolt as it is organized around major Texas issues while uplifting the strengths and multi-layered identities of the Latinx community.

Amanda has more than 7 years of experience in the nonprofit and social work sectors in Houston. She holds an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Social Work degree from The University of Houston, where she focused on political and macro social work. While Amanda is proud to call the Houston area home, she is also very proud to be Chicana, as she is part of the 5th generation of families native to Texas.

What motivates Amanda the most to pursue a career in social organizing and politics is the idea that communities already have many leaders, strengths, and values that make them special, but public officials should be better tuned into these existing assets. As a macro and political social worker, she is guided by values that include social justice, the dignity, and worth of the individual, and the importance of human relationships. Amanda has a strong commitment to Texas and to improving the state's public policy by enhancing inclusive civic engagement practices and increasing the consistent dialogue between elected officials and their constituents.

Outside of her career, Amanda is a volunteer member of the Junior League of Houston and a Harris County Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar. She enjoys cooking and spending time with her family, friends, and two dogs.