Policy Manager, Colorado
As Colorado Policy Manager, Amanda Bent works to engage communities and reform local and state drug policies to promote human dignity, racial equity, social justice and public health. Before relocating to Colorado, Bent was a policy coordinator in DPA’s New Jersey office.
Bent grew up in New Jersey and earned her bachelor’s in English and linguistics at Rutgers College and master’s in public policy with a concentration in social policy and women’s issues at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. She went on to complete her master’s in social work with a concentration in clinical practice at Temple University. Bent has interned and volunteered in various harm reduction service settings including street outreach programs, drop-in centers, syringe access programs and gender-based violence crisis hotlines.
Bent is especially interested in lifting up harm reduction as an ethical imperative underscoring social work practice and in advocating for intersectional, humane approaches to drug policy that empower caregivers, children and families.