Amanda lives in West Hartford with her husband, Scott, and their two children, Nathaniel and Maia. The Aronsons are current members of the Hall High and King Philip Middle School communities and are past Bugbee School parents. Amanda is principal of Aronson Consulting, which supports nonprofit and educational communities with specialized research and needs assessment, strategic planning, marketing, development, and interim staff support. She is most often called upon to launch an effort, or to take an existing effort and grow it with attention to proper structure and sustainability.
Amanda earned her M.Ed from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and was certified at the Professional Level to teach middle school social studies. She earned her B.A. from Elon University in Elon, NC, where she majored in International Relations and double minored in Spanish and Human Services. She has been a classroom teacher in the areas of English, social studies, and health, mostly at the middle school level, and has experience with educational administration and curriculum development. Through her consulting work, she has been involved with strategic planning, minority teacher recruitment, and facility planning and management.
An active community member, Amanda has served on local nonprofit boards and is currently a Board Ambassador for the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (HFPG). She is on the Steering Committees of the HFPG’s Catalyst Endowment Fund, as well as the Governor’s Council on Women & Girls’, where she supports two subcommittees: Education/STEM and Economic Opportunity & Workforce Equity. Amanda is a trained Docent at the New Britain Museum of American Art, where she provides tours for students ages 3-23. Additionally, she is a longtime volunteer with the Bridge Family Center, the organization which serves as the Youth Service Bureau for the town of West Hartford and operates both their Teen Center and Family Resource Center. Amanda joined the leadership team at the Bridge in 2016 and worked with the organization until early 2019, which gave her a valuable perspective from which to view both the needs of families in West Hartford, and the ways in which their needs are addressed by the school system and the community at large.