Amanda Ziebell Mawanda is an Organizational Development and Leadership Consultant. She brings over twenty years of nonprofit experience to her work with nonprofit organizations and faith communities. Her work is grounded in a deep belief in the power of authentic, reciprocal relationships to transform individuals and communities. Her greatest motivation is the endless creativity, ingenuity, and passion of the individuals and groups she works with to address the most pressing challenges we face collectively.
In her current work at Propel Nonprofits, Amanda facilitates Leaders Circles® for executive leaders in Greater MN and works with nonprofit professionals and boards to clarify purpose, manage change, and to develop boards that are effective, and mission driven. She has extensive experience in working with Women-led and BIPOC-centered/led nonprofits, faith-based groups, foundations, and groups experiencing transition or conflict.
Amanda holds a certificate in Ethics and Leadership from St. Catherine University, is licensed as a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Certified Practitioner and is an Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI) Qualified Administrator. She is a Qualified Neutral/Civil Facilitative Mediator under Minnesota Rule 114 and has studied Strategies for Trauma and Resilience (STAR) with the MN Peacebuilding Leadership Institute. Amanda has trained with the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center and the Center for Courage and Renewal. She has B.A. in Political Science from Hamline University and a M.A. in Organizational Leadership from the University of St. Catherine, with a concentration in Spirituality. As a current doctoral candidate (Ed.D.), Amanda’s research focuses on transformational leadership practices.
Amanda is a strong advocate for women and children. Her advocacy has included serving as a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and on the boards of several nonprofits and foundations dedicated to this work, including as a former Trustee of the Sheltering Arms Foundation. She is currently on the Board of Regents at St. Mary’s University and serves on the strategic direction committee for the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.
She is the mama of two amazing kids, Isa Kyabaggu (5), and Idris Allen Nakibinge (2), and splits her time between the Corcoran neighborhood in south Minneapolis and the family farm in Rushford, MN. Amanda is a fervent reader of poetry, a home chef, and a prolific urban gardener.