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Amanda Sandoval

About Amanda Sandoval Amanda Sandoval’s Northwest Denver roots run deep. Not only is she a Denver native and lifelong resident of Northwest Denver, but in 1975 her parents opened a well-known area restaurant, La Casa de Tamales in the Berkeley neighborhood. It’s now called La Casita and located in the Highlands neighborhood. Her love and dedication for Northwest Denver is rooted in the relationships she forged from serving others in the family restaurant, which remains a community meeting place where discussions turn into actions, and those actions improve the lives of Denver residents and businesses. Through years of listening, learning and observing, Amanda developed the skills crucial to successful leadership, including challenging and improving the status quo. This is clear in her work for the City of Denver. Her genuine compassion has been integral in addressing community issues both large and small, and her experience working with city agencies and residents alike, has earned positive outcomes in every Northwest Denver neighborhood. Amanda understands the value of differing perspectives, the need for well-reasoned solutions, and how to fiercely defend the interests of Northwest Denver residents.
Growing up in Northwest Denver, Amanda graduated from North High School. She attended Metro State University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a Minor in Chicano Studies. During her studies, Sandoval was awarded a George Washington University Fellowship, which took her to Washington D.C. where she learned the foundations of national policy development balanced with advocacy for local interest. Following graduation, Sandoval worked in her family’s restaurant and served as a field volunteer on several political campaigns, including as a canvasser and volunteer for Ken Salazar for U.S. Senator (2005), as canvasser coordinator for the Latina Initiative (2008), as an intern for Michael Bennet for U.S. Senate (2010), and as a research participant for Latinas Represent (2013).

Current Position: Chief of Staff, City Council District 1


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