Amanda Benton is the Director of the Division of Children and Youth Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She previously served as an ASPE Team Lead / Senior Social Science Analyst. In that role, she led a team of staff supporting the new HHS Equity Technical Assistance Center, served as the lead ASPE analyst for the human services implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, and founded and co-chaired an HHS-wide Training and Technical Assistance Working Group. She also coordinated inter- and intra-agency policy work, managed research contracts, and conducted qualitative research. She worked on myriad topics of interest to HHS, including economic mobility, social capital, housing instability, family and youth homelessness, virtual human services delivery, human trafficking, domestic violence, place-based initiatives, behavioral economics, and dissemination, among others. She previously served as the Director of Policy Outreach at the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Amanda holds a bachelor's degree from Dickinson College and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.