Amanda M. (Morel) Sopata
Amanda Sopata, most recently, has been an Independent Contractor working for BNY Mellon's Philanthropy group. Prior to that, she was a Vice President and Associate Director of BNY Mellon's Community Partnership program and the Secretary of the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
During her time at BNY Mellon, Amanda has been responsible for the development, management, planning and administration of global and regional strategic communications and marketing plans for the Community Partnership program. She has also been the lead on the management of the philanthropy budgets and the strategic planning documents that were used to update the executive team on philanthropy. Her responsibilities have included designing, managing, executing and evaluating program plans. In addition, she has served as a strategic philanthropy and employee community involvement Subject Matter Expert for the CSR team. Amanda has also managed the BNY Mellon Jazz program, where she worked with 20 non-profits to implement local sponsorships. She also supported the international grant process, where she tracked and monitored grants to international charities and managed the international grant assessment process. Additionally, Amanda has managed the company's Concierge Program for employees who made donations of $10,000 or more.
Prior to BNY Mellon, Amanda managed the City of Pittsburgh's Department of Parks and Recreation Office of Special Events and Community Affairs and served as the Assistant Race Director of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race. Additionally, Amanda worked as the Development Coordinator for the Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western Pennsylvania and served as an Americorps Volunteer in Service to America at Easter Seals in Central Pennsylvania.
Amanda is currently the Secretary for the Advisory Board of the Pittsburgh International Children's Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. She is also the past President of the Penn State Alumni Association - Greater Pittsburgh Chapter.
Amanda has a B.S. in Health Policy and Administration from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA in Management and International Business from Duquesne University, where she was a recipient of the James J. Byrne Award for Responsible Leadership. She, her husband and her son reside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.