Director of Federal Relations
Amanda Wintersteen returned to her alma mater in January 2012 bringing federal advocacy experience and an in-depth understanding of higher education issues. At Penn State, Amanda handles federal relations efforts from campus and enjoys traveling to Washington, DC, to share with Members of Congress and Congressional staff the University’s policy and funding priorities related to Penn State’s robust research portfolio and student aid programs that create access for students of Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining Penn State’s Government and Community Relations, Amanda Wintersteen served as Assistant Director for Government Relations at the National Association for College Admission Counseling. In this role, Amanda monitored and analyzed federal legislation and regulations affecting high school counselors and college admission officers. She also represented the Association’s college access and student protection policy priorities to Congressional offices, Federal agencies, the White House Domestic Policy Council, and coalition partners.
Before moving to Washington, DC, to pursue work in college access policy, Amanda began her career in college admission. First, as an admission counselor at Penn State Greater Allegheny, then in various roles in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at Penn State University Park where she traveled the country representing the University.
Amanda earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a master’s degree in higher education, both from Penn State. She is a native of rural Glen Campbell, PA, and resides in Bellefonte with her husband Kyle, also a Penn State public relations alum, and their two sons.