Amanda DeLaRosa

Amanda DeLaRosa serves as strategy officer for state policy at Lumina Foundation where she supports state efforts to increase postsecondary attainment and eliminate equity gaps through the implementation of Lumina's state policy agenda. DeLaRosa assists the foundation's collaboration with key state policy partners including National Conference of State Legislatures, State Higher Education Executive Officers, Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, HCM Strategists, and state agencies.

Before joining Lumina's state policy team, DeLaRosa was chief of staff at the Colorado Department of Higher Education where she served three dynamic SHEEOs and directed the division in charge of legislative affairs, communications, and equity initiatives. She led Colorado’s Talent, Innovation, and Equity (TIE) grant work.

DeLaRosa's career has focused on advancing multi-state policy solutions to student success and educational equity including in her previous roles as a policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures, policy and advocacy manager at Scholarship America, and legislative director at the University of California Student Association.

DeLaRosa is a proud first-generation college graduate. She received a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver and a bachelor’s degree in politics and sociology from the University of California Santa Cruz. She is based out of Denver, Colorado.