Strong leadership experience defines new chaiman’s career

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December 03, 2017
Amanda Rockow believes in the power and responsibility a strong chamber has in its community.

“The Richardson Chamber is a major force in our community, and I challenge all businesses to get involved in our activities,” said the 2018 chairman of the board. “Membership provides opportunities to be a part of Richardson’s success in a meaningful way and gives members access to the tools to enhance and grow their businesses.”

Currently Amanda serves as the vice chair of the economic division, and has been on the board since 2015. She has previously served on the strategic task force, and nominating and public policy committees.

“In 2018, I hope to build on the great leadership of 2017 Chairman Bryan Marsh and continue to focus on driving prosperity for our Richardson Chamber members and for our community. In the coming year, our team will deliver innovative programming, focused advocacy, and a compelling dialogue that attracts businesses and young people to invest in Richardson.”

Amanda joined The University of Texas at Dallas in 2006 as the university’s vice president for public affairs. In her position, Amanda serves as the chief government and community relations officer for the university. She also interacts with elected and community officials to maintain awareness regarding legislative proposals, requests and issues that may affect university operations.

Amanda is not unfamiliar to chamber life, or our staff. Prior to her time at UT Dallas, Amanda worked for 10 years at the Dallas Regional Chamber along with our own Bill Sproull, who was head of economic development at the time. Amanda served as the vice president for government relations for seven years. In this capacity, she advocated for regional business issues at the local, state and federal levels of government. In addition, Amanda led the policy development activities for the chamber, with a focus on air quality, transportation and water initiatives.

Earlier, Amanda worked for the City of Boulder in Boulder, Colorado.

Amanda is the current chairman of the Dallas Friday Group. She serves on the board the Plano Chamber of Commerce. She is a past board member of the Dallas Assembly, Executive Women of Dallas, the UT Dallas Institute of Public Affairs, and the Alumni Council for The Lamplighter School. She also volunteers with the Dallas Regional Chamber and the North Dallas Chamber.

Amanda received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her master’s degree in political science-legislative studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. She grew up in Dallas and is a graduate of Highland Park High School. Amanda, husband Jeff, and daughters Sage and Violet currently reside in Dallas.
Amy Alexander, Director, Marketing and Communications, (972) 792-2812