The NAFE Board of Directors is pleased to announce Amanda Hendley was confirmed to the position of Executive Director for the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) on January 9, 2023. Ms. Hendley is an accomplished professional with over 17 years of experience in non-profit leadership and operations management, particularly in the science and technology sectors.
Ms. Hendley has a Bachelor of Science in Business from Georgia Institute of Technology with certifications in Marketing and Accounting. She began her career with the Technology Association of Georgia, serving in significant roles as the organization grew. Ms. Hendley eventually rose to the position of Chief Operating Officer for the organization, overseeing significant modernization and membership growth.
As the founder and CEO of Association Catalyst, LLC, Ms. Hendley serves membership and education organizations in the sciences industry. She also acts as the Executive Director of the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers and as Managing Editor of Planet Mainframe, an online publication.
“Amanda has an impressive professional background as a leader in the non-profit engineering and technology world that uniquely fits NAFE, and she will serve us well in the years to come,” said Joseph Leane, NAFE President.
Incoming NAFE President Steve Pietropaolo was on the search committee that brought Amanda to the Board for a vote. Steve said “I was so impressed with Amanda’s enthusiasm and knowledge, and could not think of a better partner to start the 2024 NAFE year off with”
“Amanda is passionate about membership engagement and modernizing professional networking opportunities,” said Liberty L. Janson, NAFE Board Member. “The selection committee was impressed by her focus on growing the value of NAFE participation for our members and the forensic engineering industry at large.”
"I am genuinely honored to take on the role of Executive Director for the National Academy of Forensic Engineers,” said Amanda Hendley. “Throughout my career, my focus has always been on fostering growth and innovation. It's with this focus that I approach my new position at NAFE. I look forward to collaborating with the board of directors to support our dedicated members and industry leaders who are on the forefront of advancing forensic engineering.”
In addition to her professional work, Ms. Hendley is active in her community and serves as the Technology Chair for the Vinings Village Woman’s Club and Georgia Coordinator of the Southeast German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue.