Amanda Kelley, Grant Writer and Development Manager


Amanda joins The Recycling Partnership from a background in academia where she managed grants and contracts and developed research proposals for a team of leading natural resource economists based at the University of California Santa Barbara. She has led the development of many successful proposals on a variety of environmental topics, including sustainable food systems, climate adaptation and vulnerability, and natural climate solutions, among many others. She is especially passionate about using her skills to support efforts aimed at advancing justice and equity across different aspects of the built and natural environment. She leverages her expertise in technical grant writing, contract processing, and funder engagement to support the Partnership’s diverse workstreams and help transform recycling in the US.

Why I care about recycling and a circular economy:

“Underserved communities around the country are disproportionately impacted by the extraction of resources used to create new products and have limited (if any) access to recycling facilities. Enhancing and transforming recycling systems and transitioning to a circular economy is part of the solution to help address these inequities and improve well-being for all as we strive to become a more sustainable and just society.”

Personal Passions and Interests:

If you visit her in Southern California, you might find Amanda surfing, playing rugby, sewing upcycled clothes and accessories, or performing with her funk band.