Amanda Renteria

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Amanda A. Renteria is a California activist. She played softball for Stanford University until her graduation in 1997.

Meier connection

In the early 1990s, when Maria Meier first moved to Washington DC, she was a recent Stanford University graduate navigating the Washington networking game from scratch: She couldn't afford an unpaid Hill internship while in college, and she came to D.C. without a job.

Now it's Meier's job to counsel young people as the director of the Senate Democratic Diversity Initiative in Minority Leader Harry Reid's office.

Meier—a 49-year-old Omaha, Nebraska, native (a "Midwest Mexican," she says)—is a force of change on Capitol Hill when it comes to hiring: Meier has personally helped more than 200 ambitious and ethnically diverse people find jobs in the Senate since 2011.

"The idea that Maria has been a part of truly seeding the pipeline—it's huge, because you can't make up time later," says Amanda Renteria, the political director of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and former chief of staff to Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. The seeds of Meier's work are already growing outside the realm of Congress. In staffing up the Clinton campaign, Renteria says, "I've already called Maria."[1]

Gubernatorial run

Amanda Renteria, a former top campaign aide to Hillary Clinton, filed paperwork, February 2018, to run for governor of California.

The unexpected filing, which came without any announcement, puzzled many Democrats in a state where a large field of higher profile Democrats have been running — and raising millions of dollars — for more than a year.

Renteria, who ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. House seat in California’s Central Valley in 2014, has worked most recently as an aide to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. She did not respond to a request for comment, and after news of her filing Wednesday, she wrote on Twitter, “For questions coming in right now: I am still serving as the Chief of Operations at the California Department of Justice."

But within hours, Becerra said Renteria was stepping down from her post to run for governor.

Renteria, a former aide to Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Debbie Stabenow, was soundly defeated in her bid to unseat Rep. David Valadao, a Republican, in 2014.[2]

Trip to Cuba

Sen. Debbie Stabenow sent Amanda A. Renteria to Cuba for three days in July 2007. The trip was courtesy of a $1,681.70 grant from the Institute for Policy Studies connected Center for Democracy in the Americas... "Attended fact-finding mission to learn more about Cuba's leadership transition and ongoing program of reforms in Cuban government" .[3]

Council for a Livable World

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JStreet endorsement

The socialist infiltrated, anti-Israel "two state solution" JStreet PAC endorsed Amanda Renteria in her 2014 Congressional run from California. [4]

ARA endorsement

The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Amanda Renteria in 2014.[5]

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