'11 Sociology, '12 Criminology
Associate Director for Constituent Engagement
Amanda joined the ISU Alumni Association staff in January 2017 from the U.S. Department of the Army, where she most recently served as an administrative officer for U.S. Army NETCOM while simultaneously earning a master of public administration degree from the University of Southern California. Amanda is a U.S. Army veteran who was responsible for a variety of human resources, leadership, recognition, community outreach, and volunteer initiatives throughout her military career. As the ISUAA’s associate director for constituent engagement, DeMaris now oversees the ISU Alumni Association’s Des Moines area outreach, career programs and services, athletics-related special events, and regional events.
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Favorite ISU tradition: tailgating at Jack Trice
Favorite food: cheese ravioli
What I like about my job: I get to help others stay connected to ISU! I've lived in quite a few places, and through the Alumni Association I always felt connected to ISU. I want to create the same experience for others.
In my spare time, I like to: Travel! As a military family, we've traveled to a lot of different places and have friends all over the world. When the Army takes us to a new place we love to see the local sites and in between like to visit family and friends, wherever they may be.
Something unique that most people don't know about me: I like classic cars! My husband and I are restoring a 1956 Chevy 210.
The Iowa State University Alumni Association is an independent 501(c)3, self-governing organization charged with the mission of engaging the talents and resources of alumni, students, and friends in the life, work, and aspiration of Iowa State University. Our vision is to become the lifetime partner in engaging all alumni, students, and friends with Iowa State University.