Amanda Northrop Joins The Planning Council in an Engagement Role

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The Planning Council Launches a New Role of Workforce & Community Engagement Administrator

Amanda Northrup, the new Workforce and Community Engagement AdministratorJuly 18, 2023. The Planning Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Northrop as Workforce & Community Engagement Administrator serving all internal departments and external partners of The Planning Council.

After an extensive search, screening, and competitive interview process, Amanda rose to the top as the best candidate for this new position. She will apply her expertise in employee/employer relations, governance, fundraising, communications, inner-office systems, and more for Planning Council programs, staff, and board.

“Amanda will be a tremendous asset to our team,” shared Jo Ann Short, CEO and President of the Planning Council. “Fund development is critical for our future growth in serving the greater community. Her role will be crucial in bringing all the various stakeholders together to drive the organization forward.”

Amanda spent the initial years of her career in finance before she returned to school to earn her Master of Social Work from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Most recently, Amanda worked at Washburn Institute of Technology in Topeka, Kansas, serving as Campus Advocate. She has also worked as an event coordinator, as a foster care case manager, and in various volunteer roles, helping address social issues.

Amanda’s experience in counseling and her understanding of people dynamics will be an asset to The Planning Council team. Her ability to create and maintain easy-to-use functional systems will assist The Planning Council in remaining organized and efficient. She also brings strength in grant writing and event coordination, which will help The Planning Council access unrestricted funds and promote the organization’s indispensable work via its website and social media outlets.

Amanda has spent her life in Kansas but is thrilled to have made the move to Norfolk, Virginia. “I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of The Planning Council team,” shared Ms. Northrop. “I look forward to helping the organization facilitate much-needed services in the communities that we serve.”

For more than 80 years, The Planning Council (TPC) has been improving quality of life and building stronger communities. Its mission is to identify community needs and connect people with solutions, improving the lives of children and families and working for the betterment of the most vulnerable populations. Headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, and serving north to Baltimore, Maryland, The Planning Council is governed by a 20-person volunteer regional Board of Directors. It operates a $15 million annual budget with 38 dedicated and talented team members.