Chief of Staff

As the Chief of Staff at People Stretch Solutions, Amanda brings nearly 20 years of marketing, communications, development and leadership experience to the team. She’s worked in large corporations as well as small, startup companies, but regardless of the setting, her passion and focus are always the same; the people. With a degree in Fine Arts, her specialty lies in her ability to cultivate an aesthetic and articulate a message with a seamless delivery. You know that feeling when you see something, and it just clicks? She does that.

Prior to joining People Stretch, Amanda spent a handful of years at the U.S. Naval Academy where she led a multi-million dollar fundraising initiative and ultimately a three-year restoration of their historically renowned golf course. Her business plan and corporate community initiative generated the largest annual revenue in 79 years and continues to grow. Before her years with the Naval Academy, Amanda directed corporate marketing efforts for a top-tier federal contractor whose portfolio included clients such as the FDA, HHS, CDC, and NOAA. She also spent several years in design and deployment of biometric systems and identity management programs for the U.S. Army’s Biometric Task Force.

Gates graduated from West Virginia University in 2002 and currently lives in Annapolis, where she is active in the sailing community and various volunteer organizations. If she doesn’t answer her phone, she’s either on the water tending a spinnaker or in the mountains running a trail, but she’ll always return your call.

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