She is the founding Director of the Sydney Alliance, a massive coalition of unions, community organizations, schools and religious organizations that uses community organising to make Sydney a better place to live.
She has been the President of the National Union of Students (NSW Branch), founded Labor for Refugees, co-founded and former chair of www.getup.org.au – an internationally renowned Australian web-based campaign organization with over 650 000 members.
She has previously worked as a union organiser and was an elected official (Deputy Assistant Secretary) with Unions NSW, the central labor council in Sydney NSW that represents over 600 000 workers.
She completed a PhD on coalition unionism at the University of Sydney featuring case studies of coalitions from Sydney, Chicago and Toronto. In undertaking this research, she spent two years living in the United States and Canada as a visiting fellow at Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School.
Power in Coalition is based on her research and wide experience as a union and community organiser.
Amanda is married to comedy writer Charles Firth, and the mother of two boys, Hartley and Angus. Amanda is an experienced media commentator and public speaker. She is available for media interviews and speaking engagements.
Contact Amanda directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.