Amanda Judge, Founder & CEO
Amanda Judge is the proud Founder & CEO of Andean Collection, which she started while interviewing rural Ecuadorian women for her master’s thesis on poverty reduction strategies.
Amanda holds an M.A in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Tufts University and a B.A. in Finance from Santa Clara University.
She is fascinated by development in South America and gave up a steady salary in the financial services industry to work in some of the most desolate areas of Central and South America on poverty reduction projects. Select projects include: Working with UNICEF on determining the pattern of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nicaragua and isolating flaws in the country’s health reporting systems; Developing a micro-enterprise project for women knitters with FINCA Peru, both as a knitwear designer and as a business consultant.
Amanda is an innovative social entrepreneur, who is intent on showing that business acumen and social good are not mutually exclusive. She has been interviewed on TV networks, including Fox and CNN on the company’s triple bottom line of profits, poverty reduction, and planet. She is a regular attendee at CEO and social entrepreneur events such as OnCue and Summit Series, and was recently named a ‘Better Business Babe’ by Women’s Health Magazine (May, 2012). Amanda contributes a fresh perspective and raw sense of humor to any event, and frequently speaks on issues pertaining to poverty reduction and fashion brand building.
In her childhood, she designed her own clothes and started a rouge jewelry store out of her friend’s garage at the age of 12. To this day, her entrepreneurial spirit lives on and she still likes to make pretty things. More than anything, Amanda likes to come up with grand new ideas to make this world a little better for all.
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