Amanda Grant '91

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Amanda Grant
“My undergraduate education at Dyson armed me with the ability to apply critical thinking and questioning to every aspect of my career path and at every step along the journey. The professors who guided me taught me to be confident in my choices and to believe that nothing is ever as it seems and can be whatever you envision it to be with determination and innovation.”

Amanda Grant ’91
President & CEO
USAdopt, LLC

 

President & Ceo
USAdopt, LLC

Amanda Grant founded USAdopt to help others benefit from the knowledge she gained during the adoption of her son.

She spent several years researching options and resources before beginning the actual adoption process. Then, while working full-time at a demanding career, Amanda went through the process, experiencing the many challenges and pressures people encounter when they decide to build a family through adoption.

Her joy at becoming a parent of an infant son confirmed Amanda’s determination to help others achieve their dream of adopting US-born children and helping those children become members of a loving, safe and permanent families. She continued to compile resources and review adoption professionals.

Based on this research, and her personal experience, Amanda developed adoption education tools to guide people through the process more quickly and confidently while reducing risk and cost. These tools form the basis of USAdopt. The organization combines Amanda’s life-long commitment to serving others with the management expertise gained during her 20+ year career as a senior officer in the institutional investment business.

Most recently, Amanda was Managing Director and Head of Institutional Client Service at Columbia Management. She was a member of the operating committee and managed the team that serviced the firm’s largest institutional clients, with responsibility for $52 billion of client assets and $80 million in revenue.

During her tenure, Amanda started a mentoring program for young professionals. She
served on the board of StandUp for Kids, a national non-profit helping homeless and at-risk
youth. And she began her ongoing involvement with the Adoptive Parents Committee, a support group serving the New York Metropolitan area.

Previously, Amanda held senior management positions at Babson Capital Management, Mitchell Hutchins and Oppenheimer Capital. She was also co‐founder of Curant Associates, LLC, an asset management client service consultancy.

Amanda earned a BA in English Literature from Pace University and an MA in English Literature from Hunter College – CUNY and has earned a Clinical Certification in Adoption from Rutgers University School of Social Work.