Amanda Kraus

Kraus-4-B-440x440Amanda Kraus

Executive Director and Founder, Row NY

Amanda founded Row New York in 2002 in an effort to make the sport of rowing, paired with top-notch academic support, accessible to young people in NYC.  In addition to her work at Row New York, she was a United States fellow to South Africa through a sports based youth development exchange. She is a regular blogger on the Huffington Post as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service where she currently teaches a course on social entrepreneurship.

Amanda is a recipient of numerous awards including: 2012 Community Leadership Award winner by President Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (2012), US Rowing’s Anita DeFrantz Award (2011), US Rowing’s John J. Carlin Service Award (2008), and NYU Partnership Award for serving girls and women with disabilities.

Amanda has an MA in Education from Harvard and a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she was captain of the women’s crew team, a member of the DII National Championship boat, and a member of the Commonwealth Honors College.