Amanda Bates is a third culture kid, who first connected to FIGT through Sea Change Mentoring founder (and former FIGT Scholarship Chair), Ellen Mahoney in 2013 and has been hooked ever since. She attended her first conference in 2014, was a panelist in 2015 and a presenter in 2016.
For over a decade, she has provided individualized and group guidance to students, families and schools on issues related to university choice, affordability and persistence. In the public sector, she supported the transitional needs of low-income, first generation college going students while her private practice focused on third culture kids. Amanda also co-launched #TCKchat, an online Twitter community dedicated to discussing all issues related to TCK life. In 2016, she founded, The Black Expat, an online platform that focuses on the intersection of global mobility and black identity.
She has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington and an M.Ed in Counselor Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Amanda is a student affairs professional and has lived in the United States, Cameroon and Qatar.
Amanda has served on the FIGT Board since October 2016.