Amanda Patanow is a 13th generation Floridian and proud resident of downtown St. Pete whose dedication to community and the transformative power of local business began in childhood at her grandparents’ small-town gas and grocery store. Amanda is passionate about building communities to battle increasing isolation in society and delivering on our shared obligation to serve others. She works as a business leader, community activist, and yoga instructor.
In the fight for equity, equality, and access to voter education, Amanda has served two terms as president of the League of Women Voters, moderated dozens of candidate forums, and hosted various voter education programs. She also organized the only 2018 Democratic primary gubernatorial debate in Pinellas County.
Amanda spoke in debate for the recognition of same sex marriages before more than a thousand delegates at the League of Women Voters national convention. As a result, she was successful in gaining League consensus that led the organization to work for national recognition of all marriages at a national level. Locally, Amanda volunteered her time for fieldwork to stop Amendment 2, the toxic anti-same sex marriage amendment to Florida’s constitution, and to bring the Domestic Partner Registry to St. Petersburg. In fact, Amanda was among the first couples to join the Registry.
Amanda believes she can accomplish anything she puts her heart and mind into and dedicates much of her time to empowering others to do the same through personal and professional development outreach. She regularly volunteers to teach budding entrepreneurs at the St Pete Greenhouse to successfully build their own businesses. Amanda also leads weekly donation-based community yoga classes at Grassroots Kava House.
Professionally, Amanda works as a business strategist helping businesses that want to grow or be more profitable through improved marketing and operations. She is also a founder of the Institute of Economic Evolution, a private non-profit research institute working to advance economic research that evaluates society holistically by including all stakeholders and all available data to better address contemporary challenges.