Mandy grew up in the tightly-packed but picturesque suburb of Maplewood, New Jersey where she spent most of her free time seeking out independent and international cinema. Her love of the silver screen led her to the Media Studies program at Pomona College. After college, Mandy returned to the east coast to work as a client manager for music labels and media companies before realizing she could make a greater impact elsewhere. Having always been drawn to entrepreneurship and community building, Mandy joined VFA as a Community Growth Associate in 2015. In this role Mandy recruited candidates from across the US to the fellowship. Since July 2016, Mandy has worked as a Talent Manager focusing on VFA’s national partnerships and campus recruitment.