Three Things You Didn't Know About Amanda Matchett

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Amanda Matchett, member of the ISU Alumni Association's board of directors.

Amanda Matchett ('08 international business and marketing) is a member of the ISU Alumni Association's Board of Directors and senior counsel at Workday in Minneapolis.

What drew you to the legal profession?

There are a lot of good things about being a lawyer including the diversity of career opportunities – not all lawyers work in a courtroom! I work for a software company negotiating deals, and I love being a woman of color in the technology industry. I also teach courses at two of the law schools in the Twin Cities and enjoy mentoring the next generation of lawyers.

Theater nerd or film buff?

Theater nerd! I have season tickets to the Orpheum Theater where I catch all the touring Broadway musicals-I have seen Hamilton four times! I also have season tickets to the Guthrie Theater. I even took a musical theater course there which helped me realize the audience is exactly where I belong!

What causes inspire you to serve others and how?

I have done pro-bono work in immigration and criminal law and serve on two volunteer boards of directors in addition to the ISU Alumni Associa­tion: the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers and Blueprint Campaigns which helps those from underrepresented populations run for office. I have chaired the Human Rights Committee of the Min­nesota State Bar Association and served on the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce, Institute for Clinical Sys­tems Improvement Patient Advisory Council, and was appointed by the governor of Minnesota to the state's compensation council for public attorneys.