Amanda Wilson is currently the program officer at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and works with Community Development Corporations throughout Kansas City.
Wilson is the co-chair for the Promoting Equitable Neighborhoods work group, which is with the Urban Neighborhoods Initiative. She got involved in the work group a little over a year ago.
“The work group has essentially turned into a housing policy work group,” said Wilson.
She also does justice and safety work with LISC and is currently involved in Project Change with Mattie Rhodes. Project Change focuses specifically on youth violence prevention.
Interacting with youth is what Wilson said she likes most about being in the Northeast.
She also likes getting to know people who have lived in the area for decades and have a connection to the area.
“Just meeting people who are so willing to do work to make it better, even if it’s on their block or helping their neighbor or getting involved,” says Wilson. “I guess that’s what always inspires me, seeing other people who want to work for the greater good in their own way.”