Amanda Porter grew up in Walla Walla, Washington, where she learned to go fishing with her dad and developed a passion for public service.
Before joining the U.S. Embassy in Praia as Deputy Chief of Mission in June 2019, Amanda served at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute where she redesigned negotiation training curriculum and led courses on counterterrorism and multilateral diplomacy. In Washington, she also served in the Bureau of Human Resources and in the Bureau of African Affairs, where she covered Nigeria policy. Overseas, Amanda has served at U.S. Embassies in Montevideo, Dakar, Harare, and Bogota where she served as a Political and Economic Officer and as a Consular Officer.
Before joining the State Department in 2003, she began her career at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where she supported developing-country scientists’ research on infectious diseases. Amanda earned her undergraduate degrees in Spanish and Zoology from Washington State University and her Master’s in Public Health, with a specialty in International Health, from George Washington University.
She speaks Spanish, French, and Portuguese and is originally from Walla Walla, Washington. Her husband, Adam Pearlman, is a lawyer who also works for the Department of State. Amanda enjoys scuba diving, cooking, and trying to keep up with her two young children.