Executive Director

Amanda initially joined FIRST UNITED as Director of Development in the summer of 2020. She later took on the role of Associate Executive Director before becoming the Interim Executive Director during The Right Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne’s three-year leave.

In August 2023, Amanda was named permanent Executive Director of FIRST UNITED.

Amanda has 15 years experience building capacity in non-profits, and is focused on using her skill set to build stronger and more equitable communities. As a connector Amanda develops programs and curriculum that stimulate philanthropic behaviour, and volunteers with organizations, and projects that encourage inclusion, civic engagement and social impact. Currently, Amanda sits on the Chinatown Foundation Fundraising Committee for the Chinatown Storytelling Project and is part of the team that created DTES Response – a frontline fundraising and support network to ensure COVID 19 does not disproportionately affect our most vulnerable. She is also a board member for Pivot Legal Society and recently joined the Advisory for the Ken Lyotier Fund.

Amanda has a degree in Art History from the University of Victoria, a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto, and a certificate in Fundraising Management from Ryerson. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and recently earned her Public Leadership Credential (PLC) from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Go Back To Our People

Our People

Amanda Burrows

Amanda Burrows

Executive Director

Natalie Gobis Cutayne

Director of Human Resources
Keely Hale

Keely Hale

Director of Community Services

Katie Koncan

Director of Development and Communications

Rob Vandermey

Senior Director of Finance and Administration

Dr. Sarah Marsden

Director of Systems Change and Legal