Amanda is an urban planner and civic activist appointed in 2002 as NYC Planning Commissioner and Chair of the NYC Planning Commission. She has spearheaded Mayor Bloomberg’s economic development initiatives with comprehensive urban design master plans designed to catalyze commercial and residential development throughout the city. Dedicated to design excellence, she has raised the bar for quality in public and private development, demonstrating that good design is good economic development and is essential to the long term health and sustainability of the city.
In 2004 she won the Design Patron Award, followed by the Center for Architecture Award in 2005. She was also awarded the J.C Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development in 2009 and recently the 2011 American Architectural Foundation Keystone Award.