Amanda Uhle is CEO, and co-founder with Dave Eggers, of the Hawkins Project, a private foundation that encourages curiosity, awakens joy, and celebrates individuality through visual and literary arts projects, grants to preselected organizations, and more. Uhle was formerly the executive director of 826michigan, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for young people in Detroit, Ypsilanti, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. With 18 years of experience in nonprofit and arts administration, Uhle has been recognized for her successful, collaborative approach to leadership. She was named one of the Crain’s Detroit Business “20 In Their Twenties” and was a TEDxDetroit featured speaker. Under Uhle’s direction, 826michigan was a finalist as a Crain’s Detroit Business “Best Managed Nonprofit” and was named one of metro Detroit’s most innovative nonprofits by Metromode Media in 2014.
Uhle is also a writer and an artist. In 2016, she was an invited guest performer in John Cage’s How to Get Started at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities. She's the sometimes host for WCBN's Living Writers podcast and radio program, and her independent art and journalism projects are ongoing.
Before her career in the 826 family, Uhle worked behind the scenes in visual and performing arts organizations in the Midwest, aiming to do what she does best: unite important, original ideas with the means to make them happen. Uhle lives in Michigan with her magnificent family.