HQ Team Feature: Amanda Martin

When did you join HQ and what are the main responsibilities of your role as Community Engagement Specialist?

As the newest member of the team, I joined three months ago, as the Community Engagement Specialist. In this role, I am responsible for advocating on behalf of the community, acting as an ambassador of the organization, developing strategy to enhance membership experience and managing relations with all 300+ PASS Local and Virtual Chapters.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

In this role, I have the opportunity to connect with passionate community members from across the globe, every day. Today, I might be setting up a new PASS Local Chapter in Spain, organizing an online Civic Technology webinar with a Virtual Chapter, or helping to support a Regional Mentor in Sri Lanka. Each day, I’m able to learn more about the world of data professionals and how I can support the growth of this global community.

What can PASS community members look forward to in 2017? Anything you can share?

HQ has been hard at work behind the scenes to develop an exciting new brand and website for our community members to benefit from. One area that I will be focusing on this year, is to improve the online tools available to Local and Virtual Chapter Leaders. PASS Community Members can look forward to enhanced learning opportunities and exciting content in the year to come!

What do you like to do outside of work?

Travel, travel and more travel! I’ve been fortunate enough to live and work abroad in both Australia and Vietnam, and travel to more than 40 countries so far. Wherever I am in the world, I love being outdoors, and especially enjoy hiking, camping and kayaking. I’m also involved in the dance community, and play basketball in a recreation league.

Tell us something most people don’t know about you.

Five years ago, I successfully climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest peak, standing at an elevation of 16,000 ft. An unforgettable experience!

What’s a recent film you watched or book you read?

Over the holidays, I read “The Innovators,” by Walter Isaacson. An interesting account of how a group of “hackers, geniuses, and geeks” created the digital revolution, the narrative highlights how each individual’s contribution led to such a significant impact overall. I’ve also read Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, and hope to tackle his Benjamin Franklin novel, in the future.

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