Amanda E. Machado is a writer and facilitator who focuses mainly on the intersections between race, gender, travel, and outdoor recreation. After teaching 9th grade English as a Teach for America corps member, she spent fifteen months backpacking South America, South Asia, Western Europe and the Western United States. Since then, she has written and facilitated on on topics of equity, social justice, and adventure while living in cities like Cape Town, Havana, Mexico City, and Berlin.
Amanda has been published in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar, NBC News, Vox, Outside, REI Co-Op Journal, Quartz, Sierra Magazine, Business Insider, and others, and has worked as a social justice editor for Matador Network, the world’s largest independent travel magazine. Her work has also been featured by the New York Times, NPR, Longreads, Jezebel, the She Explores podcast, and several other publications, radio programs, and blogs.
Amanda has a degree in English Literature and Nonfiction Writing from Brown University. She currently lives in Oakland, California.
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