Amanda Schroeder is an Army veteran, wife, mother, veterans service representative, labor activist, and cancer survivor. Throughout her life, she’s never shied away from a tough fight and that’s the approach she’ll bring to the Multnomah County Commission.
A native Oregonian, Amanda knows first hand the importance of a quality public education. She attended high school in the region, as well as Mount Hood Community College and Oregon State University. And as County Commissioner, Amanda will be a champion for education funding and support for our schools.
After graduating from Oregon State, Amanda joined the Army and served as language expert. During that time, Amanda had the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life – helping her see the value that different perspectives can bring to the table and the strength that diversity can provide. While serving, she met her husband, Matt. They married and had their first child, their daughter Emmanuelle.
After she finished her commitment to the Army, she returned to Oregon with their young daughter while Matt deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Balancing the commitments of being a new mom while also obtaining a Masters’ degree at Portland State University and teaching at Portland Community College in the Continuing Education Program, Amanda experienced first hand the challenges working parents face in our community.
Her husband joined her in Oregon after returning from his deployment overseas and Amanda took a job at the Veterans Administration helping returning vets get the benefits and care they need. Concerned about the working conditions of her fellow employees, she became active in her union – rising to become President of the American Federation of Government Employees, Local 2157. Through her leadership in the union, she’s championed ensuring equality for women in the workplace and fair working conditions for all employees at the VA.
In her toughest fight yet, Amanda was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. She took the challenge head on, going through 20 rounds of chemotherapy, multiple surgeries and 33 radiation treatments. She is now cancer free and during her recovery has focused on helping others struggling to beat this deadly disease.
Amanda will bring that same fight to work for Multnomah County, creating the right conditions to attract new businesses, add family-wage jobs, and build opportunities across East County.
Amanda lives in Southeast Portland with her husband Matt, who serves as a Portland Police Officer; and their daughter Emmanuelle, their son Kenny; their great dane Stella, and rescue kitty, Bagheera.