Regional nonprofit organization Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley has named Allentown Promise Neighborhood Manager Amanda Raudenbush as Interim Executive Director following the departure of Yamil Sanchez Rivera earlier this month. Sanchez Rivera recently took a new position with the United Way of Berks County.
Raudenbush of Kutztown joined the organization in 2014. A graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey, she holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in American Studies and Urban Studies, as well as a Masters of Curriculum and Instruction from Kutztown University, and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers. She’s also earned certificates in Geomatics and Urban Planning from Rutgers.
Most recently she had worked in education as a mathematics teacher at the I-LEAD Charter School in Reading. Prior to that she worked in community planning as Director of Planning and Building for Palmer Township; as a Senior Planner for Somerset County Planning Board in Somerville, NJ; and owned her own business, Jensen Planning, for two years in Kutztown.
“I am excited about this new opportunity to lead the staff of our nonprofit community organization and to work with our many partners and funders to continue moving the needle on the Nine Promises that impact the quality of life for our residents,” said Raudenbush. “I am passionate about the work our team does in the Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton Promise Neighborhoods, and am committed to building upon the framework Yamil created for us and moving it forward in 2017.”
Initiated by the United Way and developed by community leaders, PNLV was envisioned and planned as a regional organization to address challenges facing families and children in select neighborhoods across the Lehigh Valley. PNLV’s first neighborhood is in the Old Allentown Historic District downtown. The success of Allentown Promise Neighborhood has led the organization to expand its model to the valley’s other cities, launching the Easton Promise Neighborhood in the city’s West Ward last year and the two Bethlehem Promise Neighborhoods on Southside and in the Marvine neighborhood earlier this year.
About Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley
Founded in 2007 by United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley unites residents and leaders from various sectors to ensure the success of children from birth through career. Promise Neighborhoods accomplishes its work through place-based, collective impact efforts. Its office is located at 1101 Hamilton Street, Suite 102 in Downtown Allentown. For more information, visit www.PromiseNeighborhoodsLV.org.