Amanda Perkins Walsh
Director of Human Capital

Amanda was a people geek before #peoplegeeks were cool. She has always been interested in what gives people purpose, what makes them change (and resist change) and what helps them grow. She is able to marry those interests with her belief in the power of public education as Education First’s Director of Human Capital. Amanda designs and implements our talent strategy—including talent selection, onboarding, personalized professional support, evaluation and career pathways—using what works in cutting-edge organizations from inside and outside public education.

As a first-generation college student, Amanda knows that public education can help all children discover and thrive. And she wants all children to thrive. She has nearly a decade of experience in improving teaching effectiveness for multiple school districts (including Chicago Public Schools) and a national nonprofit, The New Teacher Center. At Education First, Amanda also served as project manager for USED’s Reform Support Network’s Teacher and Leader Effectiveness and Standards and Assessment Communities of Practice.

Amanda lives with her family outside of Denver. In her personal life she is an “avid amateur” who enjoys dabbling in painting, making mosaics, practicing yoga, mixing essential oils or writing poetry. She’s also a music lover who married into a sizable and eclectic vinyl collection, guaranteeing she’ll always have cool background music for her pursuits.

Amanda's expertise

  • Human Capital/People Geek
  • Educator Support, Development & Evaluation
  • Planning & Problem Solving for Successful Implementation
  • Professional Development

Recent clients

  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The Education First team
  • Smarter Balanced
  • The US Department of Education

Amanda's human capital work books

  • Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  • Practice Perfect by Doug Lemov, Erica Woolway and Katie Yezzi
  • Work Rules! By Laszlo Bock

Amanda likes

  • perkins-walsh-exploring
    Exploring magical places with my family
  • perkins-walsh-medicine
    Making medicine using plants that are all around us, like this flowering Osha.