Amanda Green, 30, youth program coordinator, Hampton Roads Workforce Council | Top 40 Under 40

At work: I provide oversight and technical assistance to government-funded youth programs that are designed to help young people obtain credentials, enter employment, and enter post-secondary education.

Home and family: I am a Hampton Roads native, and I reside in Norfolk with my fur baby, Kimber.

Volunteer activities: I am an active member of tHRive Young Professionals, where I serve as chair of the Regional Engagement Committee. I am also involved in the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, serving as Chair-Elect for the Elevate to Educate Committee. I am a member of my neighborhood civic league in Norfolk, and for the past few years I have participated in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event.

Motivating factor: I have a strong internal drive toward excellence in designing and working with outcome-oriented programs that help underserved populations.

Advice for young people: Remain teachable and listen. There is always more to learn.

Professional goal in five years: In five years, I hope to be serving the Hampton Roads community in a leadership role that helps our residents succeed.

The one thing I’d change about Hampton Roads: We have made great strides towards regionalism; however, we still have a long way to go. I look forward to seeing this continue to improve over the years to come.

Region’s biggest asset: Hampton Roads has something for everyone: a night life in our more urban areas, quiet evenings in our rural communities, multiple beaches, engaging museums, a wealth of history, and several nature parks. We are also only a few hours away from the Appalachians and our nation’s capital. This is a wonderful place to live!

Downtime: When I do have downtime, you will find me spending it with my pup and my brand-new baby nephew.

What really gets under my skin: People who drive slow in the passing lane.