Executive Director

Amanda Eckhardt, Ph.D., has been with the Restore team since 2014 and serves as Executive Director since October 2019. With over 15 years of research and practice experience, she leads Restore’s programmatic initiatives providing innovative survivor-informed, impact-driven housing and economic empowerment solutions to human trafficking. As an outcomes-focused organization, Restore follows the motto “pilot, measure, iterate,” and their learning lab designed to build practice-based evidence has been shared in a multitude of workshops, presentations, and publications at national and international platforms. Dr. Eckhardt has served as a consultant and trainer to Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime on survivor-informed practices, programming, and policy; economic empowerment opportunities for survivors of trafficking; and action research. Previously, she worked on research teams at the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Eckhardt is also an adjunct faculty member in Lehigh University’s College of Education teaching courses for international counselors on trauma-informed clinical interventions.

Amanda is a licensed psychologist and graduate of Lehigh University (Ph.D., M.Ed.). She and her husband Landon are avid foodies and nature-lovers; they enjoy traveling and spending time with their dog, Aslan.