April 17, 2015

Amanda Renteria, national political director

Chances are you don't remember Amanda Renteria. She last took the court at Maples 21 years ago and, although she was a standout Cardinal softball player for four years, she played basketball only in her freshman year. But that qualifies her as a Cardinal hoopster alumna — one of the few to enter the world of politics.

Amanda came to Stanford from Fresno where her father, who had immigrated from Mexico, worked in the farm fields of the Imperial Valley. After graduating from Stanford in 1997, she returned to Fresno and worked for several years in the private sector and as a high school teacher. She resumed her education at Harvard Business School, received her MBA in 2003, and turned her attention to politics.

She worked as a legislative assistant for Senators Dianne Feinstein (California) and Debbie Stabenow (Michigan) and then for five years as Senator Stabenow's chief of staff. When Renteria left the senate in 2012, Senator Stabenow honored her with this: Tribute To Amanda Renteria

Last year, Amanda Renteria ran as the Democratic nominee for the United States House of Representatives from California's 21st congressional district, but lost to incumbent Republican David Valadao.

This week, Amanda Renteria joined Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign as her national political director.

Read and listen to more:

Clinton Natl Political Director Amanda Renteria is a Latina "First"

Renteria officially joins Clinton presidential campaign team

One-on-one with Amanda Renteria

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