Amanda Thorstad Named Coordinator for Orphans in Ukraine
May 2015 - Ms. Amanda Thorstad joins the U.S. Ukraine Foundation with experience in Ukraine and knowledge of civil society development and minority rights.
After graduating from St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minnesota) in 2009, Amanda headed to Eastern Europe to improve her Russian language skills. She, however, eventually made her way to Ukraine to a state-run institution for children with disabilities in Kalinovka, Zaporizhia Oblast. That experience opened her eyes to the challenges facing orphans and people with disabilities in Ukraine.
She returned to the Kalinovka facility a year later to spend more time learning about the region and issues related to orphans and children's rights before pursuing a master's degree in public policy and international development at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minneapolis, MN.
Amanda's post-graduate education presented her the opportunity to intern in … Kyiv in 2013 with an organization that uses social media to build community engagement around issues such as governmental accountability, transparency and corruption.
Amanda continues to seek out opportunities to learn about and engage with Ukraine, and is excited to join the U.S. Ukraine Foundation.