Amanda Branson was a military kid, moving every couple of years, and living in towns in Virginia, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Texas. Upon graduating from high school, she moved to Colorado to attend Colorado State University, which she had picked out of a book. After staying put for so long, she was ready for another adventure. Intending to follow in her father's footsteps and join the Marine Corps and go to law school, she abruptly joined the Peace Corps (much to her father's dismay).
Amanda spent five years overseas in Mongolia and Estonia, teaching English and organizing countrywide youth seminars. During this time, she met her future husband and they traveled extensively, although the highlight was a month-long backpacking trip around Egypt. After her Peace Corps service ended, Amanda returned to Colorado and enjoyed being a ski bum for a season at Winter Park. Ready for a different kind of adventure, she decided to attend law school at the University of Idaho.
Realizing Colorado was the best place of all, she returned after graduating from law school and began clerking for several judges in Arapahoe County District Court. She landed her first job in insurance defense, working for a firm that handled construction defect litigation. After almost two years of construction defect litigation, she transitioned into the world of workers' compensation.
In her free time, Amanda enjoys skiing, hiking and spending time with her family. Her weekends are typically spent attending her daughter's athletic events, concerts, and art shows.