Amanda Kraus



Amanda Kraus founded Row New York in 2002 to make the sport of rowing, paired with top-notch academic support, accessible to young people in NYC. In addition to being the executive director at Row New York, she was a United States fellow to South Africa through a sports based youth development exchange, is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. Amanda is the recipient of numerous awards including: President Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Community Leadership Award (2012), US Rowing’s Anita DeFrantz Award (2011), US Rowing’s John J. Carlin Service Award (2008), and NYU Partnership Award for serving girls and women with disabilities. Amanda has an MA in Education from Harvard and a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she was captain of the women’s crew team, a member of the DII National Championship boat, and a member of the Commonwealth Honors College.