Meet our new Director of Business and Donor Development
The Memphis Medical Society and Memphis Medical Foundation are proud to introduce the newest addition to our team: Amanda Harris! Amanda serves as the Director of Business and Donor Development and will help expand our programs and missions.
Title: Director of Business and Donor Development
Family and pets: My husband is Parker, and we have two beautiful children, Porter (4) and Oakley (2). We also have two rescue dogs, Cali and Ranger, and a revolving door of foster dogs from local shelters.
Life outside of work: Our family spends our free time boating and fishing. We love to travel and do anything outdoors. I also co-founded Friends of the Tipton County Animal Shelter, a nonprofit that raises funds to help with medical care and networking shelter pets to rescues. I also help coordinate flights through Pilots N Paws and work with several dog rescue groups.
Hometown: I’m a military kid, but most of my time was spent in Jackson, TN.
Professional Experience: Most recently, I was the Development Coordinator at a local school. Prior to that I was the Executive Director for Main Street Collierville and Development Manager at the Humane Society. I received my MPA and CNP through the University of Memphis.
What are you most excited about in this role?
I love our Memphis community and look forward to being a part of the impactful work that Memphis Medical Society is doing to improve access to healthcare through the Foundation and Project Access. I am excited to initiate and continue new partnerships with other health care organizations and physicians.
What new or improved aspects do you hope to bring to your program?
With my background in fundraising and strategic planning, I am excited to join an organization that is making a difference within our medical community. I am passionate about projects that will have a substantial impact on our community, so I’m looking forward to raising funds and support for Project Access and the other great projects we are working on.
What is something you want everyone to know about you?
My biggest priority in life is my family. We do everything together, whether it be volunteering or traveling. My kids are always with me and able to experience so many new things. We love taking them to State and National Parks and exposing them to new cultures and places. Because of this, I feel like I can connect easily with others because I enjoy listening to other’s life experiences and backgrounds. I love learning about my new “friends” as my 4-year-old says.
The Memphis Medical Society is truly a family-first organization, and I am so grateful to be working with our staff, members, and partners that follow the same principles. I am looking forward to meeting new people and cultivating relationships that continue to better both the medical community and improve access to healthcare for our community.
What is an unusual fact about yourself?
My husband and I are always working on DIY projects. When the pandemic hit and everyone was in quarantine, we built a stock tank pool, dining room table and bench, and wooden grill table. We love to make all types of food from scratch- from homemade pizza dough to sauces of all kinds. Our kids love to cook with us and always have fun!