Medusa Global employs a range of strategies to help individuals and organizations accelerate their transformation, growth, and impact.
We are based in Amsterdam, servicing clients globally.
Amanda Gelender, Founder & CEO
Amanda Gelender is a writer, strategist, and mental health and wellness advocate from the San Francisco Bay Area. She has 15 years of social impact and diversity & inclusion experience across sectors.
Most recently, Amanda led flagship social impact programs at GitHub, the world's largest software development community. She oversaw global community impact programs, including international partnerships across the continent of Africa and the company's $500,000 commitment to ConnectHome, a public-private initiative to close the digital divide in U.S. low-income housing communities. Amanda built and scaled diversity and inclusion programs across the company, including co-founding one of tech's first affinity group for employees with mental health challenges.
Prior to GitHub, Amanda worked at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California, New Global Citizens, and as Director of Strategy & Innovation at Vaya Consulting, Silicon Valley's leading tech diversity and inclusion firm.
Amanda travels globally speaking and writing about mental health, technology, and social change. She serves on the speakers bureau for Prompt, a mental health in tech advocacy organization, and on the Advisory Board of Pearls Africa - Girls Coding. She previously served as a lead organizer for The Icarus Project, a global peer support wellness community.
Amanda graduated with honors from Stanford University where she received a Fulbright Scholarship in addition to the Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Arts, the Stanford Alumni Association's Award of Excellence, the Robert M. Golden Medal for Excellence in Humanities and the Creative Arts, the Haas Center for Public Service Walk the Talk Award for Service Leadership, and the President's Award for Academic Excellence.
Amanda currently resides in Amsterdam where she can often be found riding her bicycle along the canals.