Amanda Porter is a doctoral student, pursuing a PhD in Public and Urban Policy from The New School. She is passionate about inclusive urban development and working with vulnerable communities to understand, from people on the ground, what it takes to create pathways to a sustainable and equitable urban environment. As a graduate student at the New School, Amanda traveled to Kampala, Uganda to pursue a fellowship as part of her degree. During her time in Uganda she worked as a researcher for ACTogether, a support NGO for the Ugandan Slum Dwellers Federation and an affiliate of Slum Dwellers International, while concurrently conducting independent research on the gendered effects of forced evictions in Kampala’s slum settlements. Amanda’s current research is focused around refugee resettlement in the United States. She began her professional career as an Americorps Fellow for Public Allies New York in 2010. She has also been a Program Associate with The Elmezzi Foundation for the past six years. In her role at the Foundation, Amanda supports the Executive Director with the grantmaking process and programmatic strategy. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from The New School.