Chief Advancement Officer
Amanda Rainey is the chief advancement officer for Big Thought, where she oversees all Big Thought fundraising efforts, as well as its communication and advocacy strategies. Throughout her career, Amanda has proven her dedication to youth advocacy and creating transformational experiences for all. She has a vast experience in fundraising for education and youth development organizations. Prior to joining Big Thought, Amanda served as vice president of fund development for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, where she led the organization’s first ever capital campaign. Her expertise in relationship building, cultivation and stewardship comes after more than 10 years leading fundraising and marketing efforts for higher education. She previously served as the vice president of advancement at Parker University, the vice president of advancement at the University of Dallas and executive director of development at Saint Louis University.
Amanda not only understands the impact of Big Thought and where the organization has been, but she is helping to create the vision for where it will go in the future. Her background working with youth-centered organizations makes her well-equipped to build the relationships and resources Big Thought needs to close the opportunity gap.